UNESCO Director-General visits Amman Office
On Wednesday May 22, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova visited the Amman Office during what was her first official visit to Jordan. A meeting was held in the auditorium of the UN building with the staff of the UNESCO Offices in Amman and the UNESCO Office for Iraq, which is based in Amman. Over a light lunch, the Director-General highlighted how UNESCO’s work in Jordan and Iraq embodies the Organization’s mandate through exemplary projects that show how the preservation of heritage and biodiversity, along with natural sciences and education, is instrumental to peace and development. She listened carefully to staff concerns and announced that new internal communication tools will soon be introduced to improve the coordination and communication between the field and headquarters. During her visit to the UN building in Amman, Ms. Irina Bokova also met with the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Luc Stevens, to discuss the role of the United Nations Country Team in Jordan and UNESCO’s involvement in it.
During the three-day visit from 20 to 22 May 2012, the Director-General also met with His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal, HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, H.E. Nasser Judeh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Jordanian Minister of Education and Chairperson of the Jordan National Commission for UNESCO, H.E. Fayez Saudi, HRH Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad and several high-level government officials. Ms. Irina Bokova also paid a visit to the SESAME Centre where she met with the Chair of the Scientific Council of SESAME, Sir Chris Llewellyn-Smith, and the Director of the SESAME Centre, Dr. Khaled Toukan. On the last day of her visit to Jordan, Irina Bokova visited the World Heritage sites of Um er-Rasas and Petra.
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