UNITED NATIONS, Oct 20: In its push to promote Hindi at the world body, India has reiterated its request to the UN to conduct tours for visitors to the headquarters in that language.
Saying that the tour is popular with Indians visiting New York, Deepak Misra, a minister in the Indian Mission, made the request while speaking at a meeting on Friday on information issues held by the General Assembly committee dealing with special political matters.
"The guided tour has been very popular with Indian tourists to New York and, as highlighted by our delegations last year. We urge the addition of guided tour in Hindi, India's official language, to facilitate the tourists," he said.
The UN now offers tours in its six official languages - Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish - as well as in German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese. The tours run between 45 minutes and an hour and cost $22 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.
Besides viewing the Security Council and General Assembly Chambers and visiting exhibits, the visitors get an overview from the tour guides of issues important to the UN like disarmament, peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. - IANS