In the image below, what dictates the order of the languages on the top banner (e.g. why English and then French?

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The rules don't provide any directive on order of languages. It seems likely that the order is "Alphabetical in English".

So Arabic (the only right-to-left language is placed first (on the right). Then the left-to-right languages are in alphabetical order Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, from left-to-right

The rules of procedure of the security council name these as the official and working languages in alphabetical order.

  • Any vertical ordering example?
    – Pacerier
    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:29
  • Well look at the image. The only language that can be written vertically is Chinese, and it is written horizontally. So, no the question doesn't contain a vertical example.
    – James K
    Jun 6, 2020 at 12:21

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