In a major development, India has reiterated its request to the UN to conduct tours for visitors to the headquarters in that language.
To this effect, Deepak Misra, a minister in the Indian Mission, made the request while speaking at a meeting on Friday on information issues held by the General Assembly committee dealing with special political matters.
The UN now offers tours in its six official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish – as well as in German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese.
The tours run between 45 minutes and an hour and cost $22 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.
It need be known that besides viewing the Security Council and General Assembly Chambers and visiting exhibits, the visitors get an overview from the tour guides of issues important to the UN like disarmament, peace and security, human rights and sustainable development.
Misra also asked the UN to publish its peacekeeping website in “the main languages” of the troop contributing countries.
He acknowledged that the UN was facing a financial crunch that affected its ability to expand its activities.>