What do translation services mean in libraries

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The official languages ​​of the United Nations are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. So that the most important documents like

  • the resolutions and decisions of the General Assembly
  • the resolutions and decisions of the Security Council
  • the Secretary General's annual report

are also available in German, there is the German Translation Service of the United Nations. This has been working since 1975 and is financed by the German-speaking countries.

In addition to the already mentioned documents and publications that are to be permanently translated, which represent the core mandate, the translation service also creates the report on the Sustainable Development Goals 2017 in German.

There is also an access point to the multilingual terminology database UNTERM on the website of the translation service. The terminology database DETERM is integrated in this. In addition to the names of organs and organizations of the UN system, this also contains the German-language names of other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, conference and treaty names, resolution formulas, titles, abbreviations and much more.

You can get even more information about the UN in our Documentation Center UN-EU.


Author Melanie KleistPosted on Categories Research TipsTags DETERM, Documentation Center UN-EU, Sustainability, Sustainable Development Goals, Translation Service, UNTERM, United NationsLeave a comment on Officially translated documents of the UN