The other day at the meeting Zhou Youguang spoke at, a PRC official announced that beginning in 2008 the United Nations will cease issuing any material in traditional Chinese characters. Only versions in “simplified” characters will be released, he said.
I hadn’t known the U.N. was still using traditional characters at all.
- UN to use only simplified Chinese after 2008, Shanghai Daily, March 23, 2006
- 2008 nián hòu Liánhéguó shǐyòng Zhōngwén yīlǜ yòng jiǎntǐ (2008年后联合国使用中文一律用简体), via Beijing Morning Post, March 23, 2006
- Hànyǔ shílì shìjiè dì-èr — Liánhéguó Zhōngwén jiāng yīlǜ yòng jiǎntǐ (汉语实力世界第二 联合国中文将一律用简体), Xinhua (alternate source of above article)