WORLD ARABIC LANGUAGE DAY 
2020

 

In December of 1973 and in accordance with Resolution

3190, the United Nations General Assembly officially

adopted Arabic as one of the official working languages

​​of the organization.

 

Arabic is one of the oldest and most widely spoken

languages in the world, associated with a remarkable

history and intellectual achievements. The Arabic

language, in the diversity of its forms, exists as a catalyst

for the promotion of knowledge and enabling dialogue

across the globe. 

 

World Arabic Language Day, an annual observance

established by the United Nations Education, Scientific

and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 2010, presents

the opportunity to recognize the richness, true diversity

and global importance of Arabic, as well as to celebrate

multilingualism and cultural diversity. 

 

 

 

Recognizing the role the Arabic language played in the development of Science, Mathematics, Medicine and Literature throughout the centuries, it is crucial to promote its place in Academia and the dissemination of information, which is particularly relevant in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


With the unfortunate decline of the use of Arabic in Academia and the general global inclination towards the use of English and French, the Geneva Institute for Human Rights appreciates the role academics play in preserving the language and ensuring that it copes with technological advancements. Due to a lack of Arabic translations, there is an absence of unified scientific terms in the Arab World. 

 

On a similar note, the Institute appeals to states, governmental and non-governmental organisations to promote cultural understanding by organizing workshops/events that showcase the history and richness of the language and current developments in Arabic Literature 

 

Preserving and promoting the Arabic language goes hand in hand with ensuring that it is associated with peace and promotes global dialogue and understanding. 

  • Arabic is spoken by over 420 million people in the Arab world and by more than 130 million people as their second language. 

  • It is the sixth most spoken language in the world.

  • Many English words are either directly or indirectly derived from Arabic. Examples include : 

    • Alcohol derived from "al kohl"

    • Algebra derived from "al jebr" which translates to “reunion of broken parts”.

  • The number system used today was introduced to Europeans by Arab merchants. 

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE ARABIC LANGUAGE

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