The most important language of diplomacy and international relations was French from the 17th century to approximately the middle of the 20th century.
On 20th March French Language Day is observed. The influences of the language as a culture, its history, and its achievements are explored by the day. The day celebrates multilingualism and cultural diversity.
The French language day is celebrated yearly in order to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity and to promote equal use of all six official working languages throughout the organization.
The observation of French language day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010. The United Nations named six language days in recognition of the six official languages of the UN in 2010. It aimed to bring attention to the history, culture, and achievements of each of the languages. The UN selected 20 March to celebrated the French Language Day in honor of the 40th anniversary of the International Organization of La Francophonie.
French was developed from Latin between the 5th and 8th centuries. It is one of the Romance languages spoken in the world. French is spoken in more than 25 countries.
The event was established by the UN’s Department of Public Information in 2010 “to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization”.
For the French language, 20 March was chosen as the date since it “coincides with the 40th anniversary of the International Organization of La Francophonie”, a group whose members share a common tongue, as well as the humanist values promoted by the French language. Other dates were selected for the celebration of the UN’s other five official languages.