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 ITD 2018 – Greetings from FIT and the FIT President 

Dear colleagues, dear friends in translation, 

Happy International Translation Day! 

International Translation Day was first promoted by the International Federation of Translators (FIT) after it was set up in 1953 and has been celebrated each year on 30 September by a growing number of translators, terminologists and interpreters who get together to celebrate both themselves and the vital work they do. Last year, a milestone was reached when, after considerable lobbying, the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted Resolution A/RES/71/288 recognising 30 September as International Translation Day (ITD) to be celebrated every year across the entire UN network. 

In preparation for collaboration with the United Nations in 2019, which has been declared International Year of Indigenous Languages, the FIT Council has selected as the theme for ITD 2018 Translation: promoting cultural heritage in changing times, a theme that highlights the role of translation in promoting an understanding of the intangible cultural heritage of others in order to encourage mutual respect in our changing world. 

Regardless of the type of work you do in the field of translation, interpreting or terminology work, you play a key role in fostering cultural understanding. 

Please join FIT, and our supporting counterparts WASLI (World Association of Sign Language Interpreters), WFD (World Federation of the Deaf), the European Commission, CEATL (Conseil européen des associations de traducteurs littéraires), UNESCO and the United Nations in celebrating ITD 2018 during the week of 24-30 September. 

Celebrate ITD in style in the company of other like-minded individuals and don’t forget how unique translators, terminologists and interpreters are! 

Happy International Translation Day! 

Kevin Quirk 

FIT President

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