UNGA adopts India-sponsored resolution on multilingualism
- United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the UN.
- It is one of the six principal organs which make up the UN.
- All 193 Member States of the UN are represented in the General Assembly, making it the only UN body with universal representation.
- The annual session is attended by world leaders to discuss and debate the world’s most important global issues and how to address them.
- Each country has one vote.
- Decisions on important questions, such as those on peace and security, admission of new members and budgetary matters, require a two-thirds majority. Decisions on other questions are by simple majority.
Why in News?
- The United Nations General Assembly has adopted an India-sponsored resolution on multilingualism that mentions the Hindi language for the first time. The resolution passed urges the United Nations to continue spreading vital communications and messages in both official and non-official languages, including Hindi.
- For the first time, the Hindi language is mentioned in the resolution besides Bangla and Urdu for the first time in the resolution.
- The six official languages of the United Nations are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish, with English and French serving as working languages for the UN Secretariat.
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