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2011-10-11 | News
Spanish Language Day was Observed at the UN in Armenia

Students, authorities, civil society and international community representatives, and journalists discussed the use of the Spanish Language at the UN during a first ever observation of the Spanish Language Day in Armenia.

The event was organized by the UN Department of Public Information (UNDPI) jointly with Hispanic Center, Yerevan State Pedagogical University and with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia.

The UN officials, representatives of the Hispanic Center and the MFA spoke about the importance of the Spanish language for the UN and the usage of Spanish language, Hispanic culture and music in Armenia.

Acting UN Resident Coordinator, Damtew Dessalegne said: “I am really happy to see so many young bright people in the UN House today. It is important that Armenians are learning Spanish, which will help them to open the borders to the Hispanic world, will help them to be citizens of the world. We live in a multilingual world where the languages we speak, or read, or write, affect the way we think and act.”

The audience enjoyed some Hispanic dances, flamenco music, poetry and tasted Spanish traditional cocktails. The students from the Yerevan State Pedagogical University made presentations on: “Spanish Language in the World and in Armenia”, as well as on the Spanish language version of the UN (www.un.org) website.

Spanish Language Day at the UN is celebrated on 12 October, the date traditionally observed as the day of the Hispanic Culture, which also coincides with Spanish National Day. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish are the six official languages of the United Nations.

Starting in 2010, the United Nations Department of Public Information in New York has announced the launch of “Language Days at the United Nations”, a new initiative which seeks to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity. The UNDPI Yerevan Office is marking days of all official languages of the UN throughout 2011.

More photos of the day here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/unarmenia/sets/72157627796280059/

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