Interventions des Chefs des Délégations à la Conférence générale lors du débat de politique générale
37 session de la Conférence générale Son Excellence, Monsieur Nabi Avci, Ministre de l'éducation nationale de la Turquie Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 37th session of the General Conference - revised and corrected version of the verbatim records of plenary meetings
36 session de la Conférence générale H.E. Mr Gürcan Türkoglu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Turkey to UNESCO Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 36th session of the General Conference and posted as received
35 session de la Conférence générale - VisitH.E. Mr Abdullah Gül, President of the Republic of Turkey
“(…) UNESCO, as a part of the United Nations family, should remain decidedly the lead agency in the core areas of education, science, culture and communication.”
“(…) the current international economic and financial crisis has clearly proven that an improved global governance is of key importance. (...) In this context, the demand for a new and reinvigorated multilateralism is pressing. And this also relates to UNESCO’s fields of activity. (…) we must see that, even a fraction of the large sums spent to stimulate the economies and bailout the banks, would mean large investments for schools, museums or laboratories.”
“(…) investing in the protection of cultural heritage means helping the strengthening of our societies especially at times of crises, economic crisis or cultural identity crisis. UNESCO also has a preeminent role in promoting cultural diversity and dialogue among cultures. In this regard, International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures 2010 to be led by UNESCO is timely. (…) Fostering mutual understanding is key to effective conflict prevention. UNESCO is well-placed to work across frontiers and continents to enhance cultural exchange and inter-cultural harmony. The Alliance of Civilizations Initiative launched by Turkey and Spain under the auspices of the UN with UNESCO’s participation is a concrete step in this direction”.
“Never in history has it been more pressing to invest in education, as a major driver, in building inclusive and equitable societies. (…) UNESCO has central role to play in this process, as manifested in its leadership in initiatives such as Education for All, the UN Literacy Decade and the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.”
“(…) taking appropriate measures to protect the gains of gender equality efforts must be one of our priorities.”
“Additional financing should be channelled to the most vulnerable. Moreover, especially Sub-Saharan Africa, Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries should keep their place among the priorities of UNESCO’s education agenda. In this respect, North-South and South-South cooperation schemes should be encouraged.”
“The broader use of information technologies in education is becoming essential. In this connection, open and distance learning will have a decisive role in effectively training people at reasonable costs. (…) In Turkey, Anadolu (Anatolia) University which offers distance education to more than one and a half million undergraduate students is an internationally recognized distance learning example. With our expertise, we are ready to contribute to developing distance learning projects.”
“Economic crisis has once again proven that lifelong learning, offering greater workforce flexibility, can be a valuable asset against unemployment. Technical and vocational education and training can contribute to employment creation and productivity and they promote economic development.”
“Scientific progress, both in the natural and social sciences, has proven to be essential for sustainable development. The magnitude of global challenges of today, such as climate change, requires more than ever the wise application of innovative solutions. UNESCO National Commissions, UNESCO Chairs and Associated Schools Project Network should assume roles in the sharing and propagation of scientific and technological experience.”
“(…) Neither democracy nor sustainable economic development is conceivable without freedom of expression. In this regard, the sensitivity of UNESCO about the independence and safety of the media and its professionals is justified and appropriate.”
“Africa and gender equality deserve special attention, especially under the global crisis conditions.”
“(…) With regard to Africa, Turkey has launched an “Outreach to Africa” policy in 2005. We convened the “Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit” last year. Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency, and several Turkish NGOs are already serving people across Africa. Working to achieve gender equality is also a priority for Turkey.”
“(…) I would like to pay tribute to Director General Mr Matsuura for having initiated necessary reforms to improve the performance of the Organization. (…) Turkey looks forward to working closely with the new Director-General also.”
35 session de la Conférence générale H.E. Mr Gürcan Türkoglu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Turkey to UNESCO
“(…) I wish to express my delegation's appreciation for the Director-General Mr Matsuura for his dedicated decade-long service UNESCO. (…) We trust and fully support Her Excellency Mrs Bokova whose vision will surely help UNESCO enrich its universal experience (...).”
“As a founding member of UNESCO and having one of the oldest and most active UNESCO National Commissions, Turkey is committed, to continue to supporting the activities of UNESCO. The visit of H.E Mr. Abdullah Gül, President of the Republic of Turkey to UNESCO Headquarters two days ago, to deliver a keynote address in the Plenary Ministerial Forum, is a clear demonstration of this commitment. (...)”
“I am pleased to inform you that the Turkish Minister of National Education has undertaken vigorous campaigns and projects in line with UNESCO's Educational for All targets. We are now focused on implementing a comprehensive programme to expand the scope of preschool education.”
“Protection of the World Heritage is a topic that Turkey attaches particular importance to. We are preparing to nominate new site for the UNESCO World Heritage List. The city of Istanbul, which is on the World Heritage List, has been declared the European Capital of Culture for 2010. Turkey hosted the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Istanbul in November 2008 and is now preparing to host with the participation of UNESCO the Southeast European Summit on Cultural Corridors, which will focus on music as a metaphor of culture. Further, I would like to express that we wish to see a stronger UNESCO in the field of the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation through the Intergovernmental Committee which celebrated its 30th anniversary during an extraordinary session in Seoul last year.”
“In the framework of Science-related activities of UNESCO, Turkey actively participates in the development of an early warning system against tsunamis, and intends to be the first operational regional tsunami watch centres in this region. We will be hosting very soon the sixth session of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas. Turkey was the host of the fifth World Water Forum convened under the theme “Bridging Divides for Water” in Istanbul in March 2009. UNESCO Director-General participated in this wide-reaching ranging event and presented the third edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report.”
"Turkey supports a global partnership for development and believes that UNESCO has an important role to play in this endeavour.”
34 session de la Conférence générale H.E. Mr Huseyin Celic, Minister of Education
Turkey welcomes Singapore and Montenegro to UNESCO and associates itself with the statement made by the Minister for Education of Portugal, on behalf of the European Union.
“As Member States to UNESCO, it is our collective duty to achieve the Millennium Development Goals with a view to ensuring global economic stability and prosperity, as well as safe, fair and sustainable environment to live in.”
“Turkey supports the priorities set by UNESCO for the Medium-Term Strategy, focusing mainly on Africa and gender equality. Within the framework of our “Opening up to Africa” policy, our Government declared the year 2005 as the “Year of Africa”. During that year, Turkey has obtained observer status to the African Union.”
Turkey effectively supports the South-South cooperation and believes it has the potential to make an important contribution to the global development effort. Istanbul hosted the Ministerial Conference of the Least Developed Countries in order to exchange good practices and promote international dialogue.
“Turkey is a middle income country but also an emerging donor. The Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency plays a central role in this regard with 22 field offices in different countries.”
“Turkey believes in the leading role of UNESCO which has a particular responsibility for placing education at the forefront of the international agenda. […] The budget share of the Ministry of Education has been steadily rising from 7% in 2002 to 11% in 2007.”
Gender equality is a priority for the Turkish Government. Currently, in Turkey, the percentage of women filling university staff positions is 39%. Some 52% of all the people employed in the health sector, and roughly 33% of lawyers and 27% of diplomats are women.
Turkey is actively participating in promoting the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Turkey is also pleased to host the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Istanbul, in the autumn 2008.
In addition, Turkey will organise in Istanbul the World Philosophy Day and the EUROMAB 2007 meeting. The Fifth World Water Forum will be convened under the theme “Bridging Divides for Water” and will be held in Istanbul in March 2009.