Harmonization of Language Learning and Assessment

Language Framework

With the vision of supporting multilingualism in the United Nations system, the Language Harmonization Project aims to harmonize language learning and assessment for the six official languages, and for other languages taught locally.


The Project is a collaboration between the Language Training Programme (LTP) in UNOG and the Language and Communications Programme (LCP) in UNHQ. Since March 2017, both duty stations have been working in close cooperation to create a new UN Language Framework, unique to the needs of our Organization, but also in line with the most recent research and other recognized frameworks for language learning.


Other language programmes in the Secretariat are also contributing to the development of the UN Language Framework, which will provide consistency to how languages are learned, taught and assessed in the international context of the United Nations.


The UN Language Framework establishes four UN Levels of Language Competence, equally valid for the six official languages:


● UN Level I or Foundational Language Competence

● UN Level II or Intermediate Language Competence

● UN Level III or Advanced Language Competence, baseline for the Language Proficiency Examination

● UN Level IV or Expert Language Competence


UN Language Levels



The expected completion of the United Nations Language Framework is  December 2019. It will benefit the Organization by recognizing the acquisition of language skills, and by providing smoother transitions for career mobility and development.


To learn more or to participate, please contact:

Fabienne Pairon at UNOG: fabienne.pairon@un.org

Anna Sanvisens Farras at UNHQ: sanvisens-farras@un.org


To read more about the project, see the following documents:

To know more, see the background documents: