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UN Arabic Language Day is observed annually on December 18.[1] The event was established by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)[not in citation given] in 2010 to seeking "to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization". December 18 was chosen as the date for the Arabic language as it is "the day in 1973 when the General Assembly approved Arabic as an official UN language ".[2]

UN Arabic Language Day
اليوم العالمي للغة العربية
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Arabic Language Day slogan
Date December 18
Next time 18 December 2018 (2018-12)
Frequency annual
Related to International Mother Language Day,
UN Chinese Language Day, UN English Language Day, UN French Language Day, UN Russian Language Day, UN Spanish Language Day


  1. ^ , News Release UN launches new initiative to promote multilingualism. Consulted on 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ , News Release UN marks English Day as part of celebration of its six official languages. Consulted on 2011-04-23.

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