United Nations

Chinese Language Day - 20 April

The United Nations (UN) is an international organisation where the world’s nations can gather together, discuss common problems, and find shared solutions.

'Hello' in all official UN languages and UN logo

It's a multilingual and culturally diverse organisation with over 190 member states, therefore ensuring clear communication is of paramount importance. The UN's solution is to ask all members to speak, or provide written statements, using one of six officially designated languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Chinese has been an official language at the UN since 1946. Since 2010, the introduction of language days for each of the six official languages has helped promote greater equality and diversity throughout UN languages…and no doubt inspired budding linguists and future leaders to engage with language and dialogue for the greater good.

Find out more about UN Chinese Language Day.


The UN is one of the world's largest employers of language professionals

Over 1000 young Scots have visited China with the help of CISS programmes.