Chinese Language Day 2023
The United Nations celebrates Language Days to promote cultural diversity and encourage the use of all six official languages within the organization. The Chinese Language Day is celebrated on the 6th of 24 solar terms called Guyu, which usually falls around April 20th in the Gregorian calendar. This day is dedicated to honoring Cangjie, the inventor of Chinese characters, and his legend of creating the characters amidst cries from deities and ghosts and rain of millet.
In 2023, we reach the midpoint towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Unfortunately, we are currently falling behind on many of the goals, and it is crucial to take immediate action and intensify efforts to regain progress towards sustainable development, as emphasized by Secretary-General António Guterres.
Chinese Language Day 2023: Theme
This year’s Chinese Language Day will focus on the theme of “Chinese Wisdom for a Green World” in order to highlight Chinese solutions and wisdom for promoting green and sustainable development. This theme is intended to align with other significant events related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as the Water Conference and the SDG Summit, that have taken place or are planned to take place this year under the auspices of the United Nations.
Chinese Language Day: History
Chinese was recognized as one of the official languages of the United Nations in 1946. However, in the early years, it was not widely used in the organization’s work. This situation improved after the People’s Republic of China regained its lawful rights in the United Nations in 1971. In 1973, the General Assembly designated Chinese as a working language, which was later followed by the Security Council in 1974. Since then, an increasing number of UN offices and staff members have been working with the Chinese language.
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