United Nations Chinese Language Day celebrated in Vienna

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VIENNA — A virtual event opened here on Monday to mark United Nations (UN) Chinese Language Day and promote Chinese language and culture.

The event, themed “Colorful Yunnan, Showcase of Global Development”, was co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of China in Vienna, the United Nations Information Service in Vienna and the government of China’s Yunnan Province. .

More than 200 delegates, including officials, scholars and representatives of international organizations, attended the opening ceremony of the event virtually.

Wang Qun, China’s permanent representative to the UN in Vienna, said at the ceremony that this year’s event aims to promote cultural exchanges and people-to-people ties and highlight the value of diversity and of solidarity.

Wang added that Yunnan Province has beautiful natural landscapes, diverse cultures and green ecology, and provides a window into China’s high-grade development in recent years.

Ghada Waly, director-general of the United Nations Office at Vienna and executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, said at the ceremony that Chinese, as one of the official languages of the UN, plays an important role in multilateral diplomacy at the UN in Vienna and welcomed the focus of this year’s event on Yunnan and sustainable development.

The opening ceremony also featured ethnic song and dance performances by Yunnan artists.

This year’s event will continue until Friday, organizers say.

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