Asamblea General proclama el 2008 Año Internacional de los idiomas


17 de mayo, 2007 La Asamblea General de Naciones Unidas proclamó el 2008 Año Internacional de los Idiomas para fomentar el multilingüismo, la unidad y la comprensión internacional.


La resolución sobre fue presentada por el embajador francés, Jean Marc de la Sablière:


“En términos lingüisticos y culturales, el multilingüismo equivale al multilateralismo”, dijo de la Sablière.


El documento, adoptado por consenso, destacó asimismo la necesidad de que a los seis idiomas oficiales de la ONU– árabe, chino, español, francés, inglés, ruso y chino - se les acorde la misma importancia.


Por otra parte, solicita al Secretario General que nombre a un coordinador de las cuestiones relativas al multilingüismo.

[Translate to espanol:] Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Tajikistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam and Yemen: draft resolution


           The General Assembly, (...)

            24.      Welcomes the decision taken by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on 17 November 1999 that 21 February should be proclaimed International Mother Language Day, and calls upon Member States and the Secretariat to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world;

           25.      Proclaims 2008, International Year of Languages, pursuant to the resolution adopted by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization at its thirty-third session on 20 October 2005, invites the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to serve as the lead agency for the Year, and in this context:

           (a)      Invites Member States, the United Nations system and all other relevant stakeholders to develop, support and intensify activities aimed at fostering respect for and the promotion and protection of all languages (in particular endangered languages), linguistic diversity and multilingualism;

           (b)      Invites the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to report to the General Assembly at its sixty-third session on the impact of the activities carried out during the International Year of Languages;

           26.      Reaffirms its resolution 61/185 of 20 December 2006 concerning the proclamation of international years, in which it stressed the need to take into account and apply the criteria and procedures contained in the annex to Economic and Social Council resolution 1980/67 on international years and anniversaries, of 25 July 1980 in considering future proposals for international years;

           27.      Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly at its sixty-third session a comprehensive report on the full implementation of its resolutions on multilingualism;

           28.      Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its sixty-third session the item entitled “Multilingualism”.