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CIUTI-Forum 2010

Global Governance and Intercultural Dialogue: Translation and Interpreting in a new Geopolitical Setting

Edited By Martin Forstner and Hannelore Lee-Jahnke

Since CIUTI Forums are intended to bring vocational university institutes into contact with the professional world to permit exchanges of experience, this 2010 FORUM (United Nations, Geneva) addressed once again the fact that new political and economic blocs have crystallised in recent decades that are more or less economically linked with one another (EU, ASEAN, MERCOSUR, ECOWAS, etc.). This should not, however, be interpreted in a purely politico-economic context, since consideration must also be given to cultural globalization, which renders intercultural dialogue necessary supported by qualified translators and interpreters who were gaining an important role as language mediators.
In accordance with CIUTI’s wishes, the contributors focused on the effects of the new political and economic global scene from different perspectives, among them the issue of effective and efficient training supported by novative approaches. The tasks of language services of the European Commission, the Russian Federation and Central Asia were dealt with, Asia’s driving forces in translation and interpreting were highlighted, namely China and its ASEAN neighbours. Finally, an attempt was made to create a link to economic geography which would make it possible to determine which regions favour the translation industry, which specialised areas have become leaders of international trade and which language combinations would be advisable.
This book contains contributions in English, French, and German.

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The New Political Global Scene

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DG Interpretation as a Global Reference: Activities in Asia Marco BENEDETTI Once again I am happy to be back in Geneva and address the CIUTI Forum in my role of Director General of DG Interpretation in the European Commission. Today’s first session, the one that we are in now, is called The new political and economic global scene. This title reminds us that for many years we have been hearing that the political and economic reality is no longer what it used to be and that the eco- nomic weight of Europe and America has partly shifted towards other regions of the world, first of all Asia. To give you just one example, when we see that the United States starts talking to China in what has been named the G-2, and that the G-8 will be enlarged to many other countries, we have to reflect on what all this means for Europe’s future on the global scene. However, I am not here to talk about the world economy and the global trends, or their implications for us all, but I would like to start by telling you what one of my collaborators told me the other day. He said that while travelling in Asia, he often gets the impression that, as far as the economy is concerned, some Asian countries are running fast, while on the contrary Europe seems to be walking. What does this mean for us? It means that Europe can no longer afford to sit on...

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