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Council Working Group on the use of the six official languages of the Union

Overview

The Council Working Group on the use of the six official languages of the Union (CWG-LANG) was established by Resolution 1238 adopted by the 2005 session of the Council.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference of CWG-LANG are to oversee the implementation of Resolution 154 (Rev. Busan, 2014) of the Plenipotentiary Conference, on the use of the six languages of the Union on an equal footing.

Meetings and documents

The fourth formal meeting of CWG-LANG, convened by Letter DM-14/1023, will be held at ITU headquarters in Geneva on Monday, 26 January 2015.

The agenda of the meeting is available at:
http://www.itu.int/md/S15-RCLCWGLANG4-C/en.

The report by the Chairman of CWG-LANG to Council-14 is contained in Document C14/44.

The third formal meeting of CWG-LANG, convened by Letter DM-13/1026, was held at ITU headquarters in Geneva on Wednesday, 5 March 2014.

The agenda, documents and report of the meeting may be accessed at:
http://www.itu.int/md/S14-RCLCWGLANG2-C/en.

The second formal meeting of CWG-LANG, convened by Letter DM-13/1012 of 11 July 2013, was held at ITU headquarters in Geneva on Friday, 8 November 2013.

The agenda, documents and report of the meeting may be accessed at:
http://www.itu.int/md/S13-RCLCWGLANG1-C/en 
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In line with Resolution 1238, an informal discussion among councilors “representative of and reflecting the six official … languages” was held in Geneva, on 12 July 2012, during the 2012 session of the Council.

Summary notes of the informal discussion (pdf).

The report by the Chairman of CWG-LANG to Council-09 is contained in Document C09/33(Rev.1).

The report of the first formal meeting of CWG-LANG is contained in Document CWG-LANG/20.

The meeting documents are contained in (Documents CWG-LANG/16Rev.1, 17Rev.1, 18 and 19).

The meeting agenda is contained in Circular Letter 136 (Rev.1) of 4 May 2009.

The report of the consultation meeting is contained in Document CM-LANG/08.

The meeting documents (Documents CM-LANG/01 – 06Rev.1) and presentations can be accessed here.

The meeting agenda is contained in Circular Letter 92 of 17 July 2008.

The report by the Chairman of CWG-LANG to Council-08 is contained in Document C08/47.

The report by the Chairman of CWG-LANG to Council-07 is contained in Document C07/47.

The report by the Chairman of CWG-LANG to Council-06 is contained in Document C06/28.

The SG’s report to Council-06 on the implementation of Resolution 1238 is contained in Document C06/19.

Documents CWG-LANG/1 to 15, studied by correspondence and in informal meetings of “Member States … representative of and reflecting the six official … languages of the Union” (Res. 1238), can be accessed here.

Council Documents C04/27, C05/15 and C05/40

Working methods

​In accordance with Council Resolution 1238, CWG-LANG:

1)            is open to all Member States, in particular those representative of and reflecting the six official languages of the Union;

2)            conducts its work mainly by correspondence;

3)            prepares a report for consideration by the Member States and the Council  and for transmission to the Plenipotentiary Conference, as appropriate.

Contributions should be submitted to contributions@itu.int with copy to cwg-lang@itu.int.