UN English Language Day

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UN English Language Day
Date 23 April
Next time 23 April 2019 (2019-04-23)
Frequency annual
Related to International Mother Language Day,
UN Arabic Language Day,
UN Chinese Language Day,
UN French Language Day,
UN Russian Language Day,
UN Spanish Language Day

UN English Language Day is observed annually on 23 April.[1] The event was established by UN's Department of Public Information in 2010 "to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization".[2]

For the English language, 23 April was chosen because it is the date "traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare".[3] Other dates were selected for the celebration of the UN's other five official languages.

See also


  1. ^ UN launches new initiative to promote multilingualism. United Nations News Centre, 19 February 2010. Consulted on 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ Department of Public Information to Launch ‘Language Days at the United Nations’ United Nations, 19 February 2010
  3. ^ English Language Day, 23 April

External links

  • UN English Language Day Official Site
  • UN marks English Day as part of celebration of its six official languages, United Nations News Centre, 23 April 2010

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