The 18th of December coincides with the 47th anniversary of Arabic becoming a United Nations official language.
This day is an opportunity to celebrate the richness and global importance of the Arabic language, which has played a catalytic role in culture, science and the arts throughout history. Nowadays, Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and it represents a true pillar of diversity, spoken in its varying forms by over 400 million people in 25 countries.
The Arabic Language Day is also a chance to promote the place of Arabic in academia, and expand accessibility to knowledge. ICCROM and its Regional Office in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, are proud to showcase some of the initiatives that have taken place during 2020 in Arabic:
As we at ICCROM aim to make conservation knowledge widely available within our Member States, part of this is ensuring that resources are multilingual. Further, we believe that promoting languages goes together with promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding, necessary for facing today’s challenges.