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International Translation Day 2017 – a historical milestone

Németh Nikolett
June 1, 2017

May 24, 2017 marks a historical milestone for all professional translators, interpreters and terminologists as the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted Resolution A/71/L.68 recognising the role of professional translation in connecting nations, and fostering peace, understanding and development.


In the same resolution, the United Nations General Assembly declares:

30 September to be UN International Translation Day to be celebrated across the entire UN network.

This resolution also enshrines and celebrates the importance and the irreplaceability of professional translation in international human endeavours. It highlights the critical need for training the next generation of professional translators, interpreters and terminologists to meet this ever increasing demand as international interaction, cooperation and collaboration continue to grow. The United Nations, in collaboration with its university partners, has been one of the leading centres of excellence in training the translators, interpreters and terminologists who will continue to play a critical role in international security and prosperity in Member States and across the UN.
Finally, it is important to remind the Federation and the wider profession that 2017 already marks an important milestone. The European Commission and the wider European Union will be observing and celebrating the ITD for the first time in conjunction with European Day of Languages (EDL) following last year's successful meeting between the Director-General for Translation (DGT) and Director General for Interpretation (DGI) and FIT President at the European Commission.

The theme for #ITD2017 is Translation and Diversity.

Let the International Translation Day be celebrated all around the world in 2017!

Source: http://www.fit-ift.org/itd-adopted/