Indonesian Becomes UNESCO’s Official Language, What Does It Mean? Lifestyle – 6 hours ago


Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Indonesian was designated as the official language of the UNESCO General Conference along with six official languages ​​of the United Nations (UN) and three other official UNESCO languages, last Monday (20/11/2023).

Quoting from information from the Cabinet Secretariat of the Republic of Indonesia, Indonesian is officially the 10th language recognized as the official language of the UNESCO General Conference. This was marked by the consensus adoption of Resolution 42 C/28 in the Plenary session of the 42nd UNESCO General Conference at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France.

Apart from Indonesian, the other official languages ​​of the UNESCO General Conference are Hindi, Italian and Portuguese, as well as English, Arabic, Mandarin, French, Spanish and Russian which are the official languages ​​of the UN.


With its designation as an official language, Indonesian can be used in meetings and all General Conference documents can be translated into Indonesian.

The Journey of Indonesian to Becoming the Official Language of UNESCO

The proposal for Indonesian as the official language of the UNESCO General Assembly began with discussions between the Indonesian Ambassador to France and the Indonesian Deputy Permanent Delegation (Wadetap) to UNESCO in January 2023.

In this discussion, Indonesian was considered to have the potential to become the official language of the UNESCO General Assembly. This potential was then conveyed to the Head of the Language Development and Development Agency, Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (Kemdikbudristek).

On February 7 2023, Wadetap for UNESCO, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kemlu), and the Ministry of Education and Culture held a meeting to discuss opportunities and strategies for proposing an official language for the UNESCO General Assembly. During the meeting, the three parties also drafted a proposal text to UNESCO.

The Indonesian representative in Paris then submitted the Indonesian language nomination proposal to the UNESCO Secretariat in March 2023 so that it could be included in the agenda for the UNESCO Executive Board session on 10-24 May 2023.

The UNESCO Executive Board also approved the Indonesian government’s proposal to be included on the agenda of UNESCO’s 42nd General Assembly on 7-22 November 2023.

At the UNESCO General Assembly, the proposal submitted by the Indonesian Government was immediately approved by the Legal Committee following a presentation on 8 November 2023 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.

“The recognition of Indonesian as the official language of the UNESCO General Conference will have a positive impact on peace, harmony and the achievement of sustainable development goals not only at the national level, but also throughout the world,” said the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to France, Andorra, Monaco, as well as the Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Indonesia to UNESCO, Mohamad Oemar, quoted Wednesday (22/11/2023).

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