When the Coronavirus pandemic brought New York City to a halt, United Nations interpreters ran into big trouble: their booths and equipment were no longer accessible. This story documents how these professionals have been responding to new challenges COVID-19 added to their already daunting job of providing simultaneous interpretation in six UN official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
- 21 February - International Mother Language Day
- 20 March - French Language Day at the UN
- 20 April - Chinese Language Day at the UN
- 23 April - English Language Day at the UN
- 23 April - Spanish Language Day at the UN
- 6 June - Russian Language Day at the UN
- 18 December - Arabic Language Day at the UN
- 2008 - International Year of Languages
- 2019 - International Year of Indigenous Languages
International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.