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German Translation Section

Established pursuant to General Assembly resolution 3355 (XXIX) of 18 December 1974, the German Translation Section has provided official German translations of UN documents since 1 July 1975. It is financed through a Trust Fund, to which Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland contribute. These countries thought that the availability of important United Nations documents in German would enhance national awareness of the goals, functions and activities of the United Nations and thus promote international understanding.

The Section currently comprises 9 staff and it is the only place German translators work at the United Nations: there is no corresponding German language service at any other duty station. The Section translates the resolutions and decisions of the General Assembly and the Security Council, as well as a selection of other seminal and topical documents, normally at the request of a governmental entity in one of the financing States. It carries out numerous ancillary tasks internally, inter alia, its own referencing, terminology work, editing, text-processing and copy preparation. In order to enhance consistency and quality, the Section uses a number of technological tools, for instance a terminology database, extracts of which are accessible from the Section’s website, and computer-assisted translation memories which assist translators in their work.

 

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