Certificate of English Interpretation: Level 1
Section 1: Consecutive Interpreting.
Now please listen to the instructions about this section. I'll give you a brief introduction before each part begins and leave you enough time to do the interpreting.
Each part is divided into a number of segments and at the start of each segment you'll hear this tone (TONE). At each pause where you are expected to start interpreting, you'll also hear this tone (TONE). You'll hear each segment only once.
Let's start with Part 1.
English to Chinese
In this part you are going to hear part of a report by the Secretary-General on the work of the UN. Please interpret the speech into Chinese.
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During the past year there have been extraordinary challenges to security and stability. The terrorist attacks in the United States of America on September 11th 2001 dramatized the global threat of terrorism and highlighted the need for a broad strategy to combat it. Already, the United Nations has played an important role in mobilizing international action in the global struggle against terrorism. We know that terrorism is not a new phenomenon; it has deep political, economic, social and psychological roots. I firmly believe that the terrorist menace must be suppressed, but States must ensure that counterterrorist measures do not violate human rights. [TONE] // [TONE]
In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11th the international community has focused its attention on the challenge of reconstructing weak or collapsed States, like Afghanistan, which provide fertile breeding grounds for terrorism. Simultaneously, there has been a sharp escalation of violence and tension in the Middle East, in South Asia, and in central Africa over the past year. [TONE] // [TONE]
There were also positive developments on the international scene. East Timor gained independence and Sierra Leone held peaceful presidential and parliamentary elections. The conferences at Doha on trade, Monterrey on financing for development, and Johannesburg on sustainable development outlined steps that can help to meet the millennium development goals. The entry into force of the Statute of the International Criminal Court was an unprecedented step forward for world order and justice. There was also increasingly widespread recognition that respect for international treaties and international law is essential for human security, stability and progress. [TONE] // [TONE]
One of the basic truths of our time is that no single country has the capacity to cope with the political, economic, environmental and technological challenges of an interconnected world. Problems such as terrorism, mass refugee movements, HIV/AIDS, overpopulation, environmental degradation and pollution transcend national borders, and require international solutions-and the number of global problems requiring global solutions is continually growing. All nations stand to benefit from the constructive change that multilateralism makes possible, as well as the opportunities and solutions that it provides. Moreover, multilateral action is possible in many cases where unilateral involvement would be impossible or undesirable. [TONE] // [TONE]
Fulfilling its role as a universal organization, the United Nations has helped to develop the principles and practice of multilateralism. The Organization is a unique instrument available to the world for dealing with critical global problems that require the collective resources and cooperation of all countries. It provides the common structures and institutions by which we can further our profound universal human interests. [TONE] // [TONE]
That's the end of Part I. Now we move on to Part 2.
Chinese to English
In this part you are going to hear part of a speech delivered at an International Conference. Please interpret the speech into English.