On 11 October 2012, Spanish Language Day was commemorated during the launch of a UN Corner at the Armenian State Pedagogical University.
Events, organized by the UN Office in Yerevan jointly with the Armenian State Pedagogical University, allowed students, professors and journalists to explore the importance of the Spanish Language.
UNO provided more than 1,000 UN publications and multimedia materials to the UN Corner, which will further educate youth on UN values and functioning. The professors and students of the university will also use the UN Corner to organize UN-related cultural and educational events.
UN Corner was opened in accordance with a Plan for Cooperation between UN Department of Public Information and the Armenian State Pedagogical University, which was signed at the ceremony.
“We highly appreciate our cooperation and are happy to implement joint activities, which allow youth to be involved in the UN work and to provide their contribution to the sustainable development and Armenian’s achievement of the Millennium Development Goals”, said Ara Eremyan, the vice-rector of the Armenian State Pedagogical University.
During Spanish Language Day the audience enjoyed some Hispanic dances, flamenco and spiritual music. The students from the Yerevan State Pedagogical University made presentations on: “Spanish Language in the World and in Armenia”. In the meantime, a number of UN publications were distributed to the students and professors of the University from the Bibliobus of the National Library.
The UN Department of Public Information Representative in Armenia, Maria Dotsenko said: “It is important that Armenians learn Spanish, which helps them to open the borders to the diversity of Hispanic culture and to be citizens of the world. We live in a multilingual world where the languages we speak, read or write affect the way we think and act, and help to better understand how crucial the multilingualism of the UN is for the implementation of its complex agenda: promotion of peace, diversity, cross-cultural dialogue and partnerships towards better human development”.
Argentina Ambassador Diego Ernesto Alvarez Rivera spoke about contribution of the Spanish Language to the promotion of UN agenda and encouraged youth to further study it.
Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish are the six official languages of the United Nations. The Spanish Language Day at the UN is celebrated on 12 October, the date traditionally observed as the day of the Hispanic Culture, which also coincides with the Spanish National Day.
Starting from 2010, the United Nations Department of Public Information in New York has announced the launch of “Language Days at the United Nations”, an initiative which seeks to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity. The UNDPI Yerevan Office together with partners marks all official languages of the UN.