Portuguese is now a working language of the World Meteorological Organization

Saturday, May 28, 2011

From a notice in Portuguese here: it seems that Portuguese has been deemed a working  language of the World Meteorological Organization. The organization's official languages are English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and Russian, as can be seen on their page here. I'm not sure what sort of distinction there is supposed to be between an official and a working language (língua oficial vs. língua de trabalho), but being made a working language will mean sweet interpreting jobs:

Hiring for Portuguese interpreters will be paid by some Portuguese-speaking countries plus China and Switzerland. The announcement of Portuguese as a working language was made at the 16th Congress of the WMO in Geneva this Wednesday.

Vice President Divino Moura: "We gathered contributions from Angola, China (Macau), Brazil, Portugal and Switzerland itself, to contribute to a fund that would pay for example for Portuguese interpreters...it is one of the most spoken languages in the world and we need to start using it within the United Nations and agencies such as ours.


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