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Question 1: ________
PhilippinesList of languages by number of native speakersFranceAzerbaijan

Question 2: According to a 2009 press release from its Ministry of External Affairs, the Government of India has been “working actively” to have ________ recognized as an official language of the UN.
Punjabi languageHindiHindustani languageSanskrit

Question 3: In the ________, as of 1992, there are six official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) of which three are working languages (English, French, and Spanish).
UNESCOUnited Nations Economic and Social CouncilUniversal Postal UnionFood and Agriculture Organization

Question 4: Thus, the ________ demands official status of the language (with 240 million people using the language fluently), while the use of Portuguese is growing strongly with the increase of the Brazilian population.
Community of Portuguese Language CountriesOrganisation internationale de la FrancophonieLatin UnionLanguages of Europe

Question 5: The ________, its 1945 constituent document, did not expressly provide for official languages of the UN.
United Nations Security CouncilUnited Nations Security Council resolutionInternational Court of JusticeUnited Nations Charter

Question 6: At the same time, the GA requested the Security Council to include Arabic among its official and working languages, and the ________ to include Arabic among its official languages, by 1 January 1983.
Universal Postal UnionUNESCOUnited Nations Economic and Social CouncilFood and Agriculture Organization

Question 7: This could pose some problems of interpretation, particularly ________, which concerned the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel.
Food and Agriculture OrganizationUnited Nations Security Council Resolution 242DenmarkUniversal Postal Union

Question 8: The six official languages spoken at the UN are the ________ or second language of 2.8 billion people on the planet, nearly half the world population.
MultilingualismFirst languageFrench languageEnglish language

Question 9: In 2009, elected representatives in both Bangladesh and the Indian states of West Bengal, ________ and Tripura unanimously voted in resolutions calling for Bengali to be made an official UN language.

Question 10: In 2003, Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed ________ as Coordinator for Multilingualism.
IndiaDelhiShashi TharoorManmohan Singh


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