• • • Multilingual communication, a vehicle to bring international organisations closer to the citizens
The heads of language and conference services of over 50 international organisations met in Brussels to discuss data governance, the impact of new technologies, and topical matters driving progress in the work of language, conference and publication services. They endorsed a Statement on multilingualism, which heralds multilingual communication as an important enabler of multilateralism and the rules-based global order.
The international annual meeting on language arrangements, documentation and publications brings together the heads of services to share knowledge and discuss trends and developments in the language and conferencing professions. This year’s event took place on 27-29 May 2019 in Brussels and was hosted by the language services of the EU institutions: the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Representatives of over 50 member organisations, including the United Nations, OECD, WTO, NATO and the African Union, discussed a range of topics such as data governance, the impact of artificial intelligence on language and conference services, speech-to-text, inclusive communication and staff development. They exchanged innovative ideas on the management of translation, interpretation, conference and publication services globally.