International Translation Day

“Translation unveils the many faces of humanity” – Celebrating ITD in 2023

FIT Council is pleased to announce its chosen theme for International Translation Day 2023: Translation unveils the many faces of humanity.

To honour International Translation Day (ITD) this year, we wish to not only recognise the important role that translation, interpreting, and terminology play in the lives of each of us, but also our shared humanity.

The theme recognises the many ways that translation unveils a world of human experience, allowing us a peek into cultures other than those we know. As climate and geopolitical shocks resonate across the globe, it also plays an important role in addressing threats to peace and security of people and the planet, and in diplomacy and multilateralism, sustainable development and humanitarian aid, human dignity and human rights.

In this 70th anniversary year since the founding of FIT, it also gives us a chance to honour the many faces that make up the history of our federation.

We hope that all our members will again celebrate ITD with us, this 30 September.


Each year, translators, interpreters and terminologists celebrate International Translation Day on 30 September, the feast of St. Jerome. A unifying theme is chosen each year and a competition is held to design a poster for FIT members to print and use to promote the day and join together in celebrating our professions.

In 2017 we achieved an historical milestone for all professional translators, interpreters and terminologists, with the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopting Resolution A/RES/71/288, recognising the role of professional translation in connecting nations, and fostering peace, understanding and development. In the same resolution, the United Nations General Assembly declared 30 September to be UN International Translation Day, celebrated across the entire UN network.

Themes and posters of previous years