The The UNL project started in 1995,
at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at the United Nations University in Tokyo and is being developed
in cooperation with research groups from around
the world. Its mission is to promote reciprocal knowledge
exchange among cultures and mutual understanding among peoples through multilingual communication.
The initial stage of the UNL Programme involves the
development of modules for 17 languages: the six official
languages of the United Nations, Arabic, Chinese, English,
French, Russian and Spanish, and other eleven languages,
German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese,
Latvian, Korean, Mongol, Portuguese and Thai. In the
future, all the languages of EU member states and the
whole 189 member states of the UN will be involved sequentially.
The Armenian group of UNL researchers, particularly the
Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of
the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (NAS RA) and the Institute
of Linguistics of the NAS RA have shifted their researches
focus beyond the application of new information and
communication technologies thus emphasizing their attention
to all the aspects of UNL investigations.
In 2001 it was decided to set up a non-profit private-law
foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. Geneva has thus been the
centre from where the UNL and its network have been growing.
Throughout these years, the UNL system has gradually developed
and took its shape. Once the UNL was patented,
the UNDL Foundation was able to organise international
conferences every year to increase still further the
community of scientists and impassioned visionaries working on UNL.
In December 2001 the UNL-ARM team was crated, that
after detailed familiarization with the resources provided
by the United Nations University and the Institute of Advanced
Studies on the Universal Networking Language UNL,
channels all its energy to the creation and development
of the Armenian module for the UNL and research works for the
way of presentation of the Armenian language in UNL formats.
Since February 2002, Armenia also became the member of
UNL Society and signed an Agreement with the UNDL Foundation.
After some successful and hard works, the UNL site was
created and granted by the IATP (Internet Access and Training Programme)
of International Research and Exchange Program.
The first phase of the linguistic works was funded by
the United Nations Development Programme Project "Support
to the Information Society and Democratic Governance".
The main goal of the UNL Armenian team is to add the Armenian
module to the existing modules worldwide and allow people
to translate their texts among variety of languages.
UNL Arm team participated in EOLSS project by developing rules and dictionaries
for tanslation of 25 EOLSS Gloabal Water Resources articles from the UNL into Armenian.
In 2009 the Armenian team initiated the projects of translating Antoine de Saint-Exupery's most famous book
"The Little Prince" from the UNL into Eastern and Western Armenian Languages, and LIS project for
the developing of the Library Information System of the Library of Alexandria.