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Rules of procedure

VIII. Languages

Official and working languages

Rule 51
[see introduction paras. 5, 27, 28, 34 and 40]

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish shall be both the official and the working languages of the General Assembly, its committees and its subcommittees.

Interpretation

Rule 52
[see introduction paras. 5, 27, 28, 34 and 40]

Speeches made in any of the six languages of the General Assembly shall be interpreted into the other five languages.

Rule 53
[see introduction paras. 5, 27, 28, 34 and 40]

Any representative may make a speech in a language other than the languages of the General Assembly. In this case, he shall himself provide for interpretation into one of the languages of the General Assembly or of the committee concerned. Interpretation into the other languages of the General Assembly or of the committee concerned by the interpreters of the Secretariat may be based on the interpretation given in the first such language.

Languages of verbatim and summary records

Rule 54
[see introduction paras. 5, 27, 28, 34 and 40]

Verbatim or summary records shall be drawn up as soon as possible in the languages of the General Assembly.

Languages of the Journal of the United Nations

Rule 55
[see introduction paras. 5, 27, 28, 34 and 40]

During the sessions of the General Assembly, the Journal of the United Nations shall be published in the languages of the Assembly.

Languages of resolutions and other documents

Rule 56
[see introduction paras. 5, 27, 28, 34 and 40]

All resolutions and other documents shall be published in the languages of the General Assembly.

Publications in languages other than the languages of the General Assembly

Rule 57
[see introduction paras. 5, 27, 28, 34 and 40]

Documents of the General Assembly, its committees and its subcommittees shall, if the Assembly so decides, be published in any language other than the languages of the Assembly or of the committee concerned.

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