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A virtual event to mark the United Nations (UN) Chinese Language Day and promote Chinese language and culture opened in Vienna, Austria on Monday.
The event, themed "Colorful Yunnan, Showcase for Global Development," was co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of China in Vienna, the UN Information Service Vienna and the government of China's Yunnan Province.
More than 200 delegates, including officials, scholars and representatives from international organizations and countries, including Russia, Italy and the Netherlands, attended the opening ceremony of the event virtually.
Wang Qun, China's Permanent Representative to the UN in Vienna, said at the opening ceremony that the world is experiencing an unprecedented risk of division and confrontation and held out hope that this year's event could promote cultural exchanges and people-to-people ties, highlighting the value of diversity and solidarity.
"The UN Chinese Language Day was established in 2010 to promote cultural diversity around the world. The United Nations Chinese Language Day held here every year has received strong support from local and international organizations. The Chinese Language Day can promote world peace and development through cultural exchanges and mutual learning between different civilizations," said Wang.
Wang added that Yunnan Province boasts beautiful natural sceneries, diverse cultures and green ecology, and offers a window into China's high-quality development over recent years.
Ghada Waly, director-general of the UN Office at Vienna and executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said at the ceremony that Chinese, as one of the official UN languages, plays an important role in multilateral diplomacy at the UN in Vienna and she welcomed the focus of this year's event on Yunnan and sustainable development.
The opening ceremony featured singing and ethnic dance performances by artists from Yunnan.
This year's event will run through Friday, according to organizers.