Presentation of credentials to José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, received the credentials of Marie Paule Roudil as Head of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels and UNESCO Representative to the European Union.

Visit of UN Secretary-General and EU Development Commissioner in Timbuktu (Mali)

On the occasion of a four-day visit to Africa’s Sahel region, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon and EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, paid a visit to Timbuktu in Mali on 5th November.

Both were accompanied by a high level delegation, including the Prime Minister of the Republic of Mali, Oumar Tatam Ly, the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the MINUSMA, Albert Koenders, and the Head of the Africa Unit at the World Heritage Centre and Head of unit at the UNESCO Office in Mali , Lazare Eloundou Assomo.

Accompanied by the Mosque’s Great Imam, the delegation visited the Djingareyber Mosque, which is the largest of three mosques at the World Heritage site and shelters two of the 14 mausoleums destroyed by the groups of armed rebels that occupied the city earlier this year.

They also visited the Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Learning and Islamic Research, where they viewed damaged manuscripts. The manuscript collections of Timbuktu represent an inestimable heritage totalling an estimated 300,000 documents, many of them from the Golden Age of the city from the 12th to 15th centuries of the Christian Era.

Lazare Eloundou Assomo highlighted the commitment of the Organization to pursue its efforts to rehabilitate all of the destroyed mausoleums and to protect the Ancient Manuscripts.

UNESCO’s activities include evaluating the state of cultural heritage, reconstructing mausoleums and important historic sites, organizing training workshops to strengthen capacities and raising awareness of the diversity of community-based cultural practices and expressions and their importance for national reconciliation.

Signature of the Seat agreement between the Kingdom of Belgium and UNESCO

On 3rd of July 2013, UNESCO Director-General, Mrs Irina Bokova and H.E. Mrs Francine Chainaye, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Delegate of the Kingdom of Belgium to UNESCO, signed a Seat agreement between the Kingdom of Belgium and UNESCO regarding the establishment of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels.

The UNESCO Office in Brussels welcomed some 40 members of the organization VIRA

On 25 March, the UNESCO Liaison Office and Representation to the European Union welcomed some 40 members of the organization VIRA in the UN House in Brussels, for a lunch lecture. The topic of this lecture was the work of the UN in Brussels, and more specifically the work of UNESCO.

The speakers for the event included Antonio Vigilante, the Director of UNDP in Brussels and the UN secretary-general’s Representative to the European Institutions, Marie Paule Roudil, UNESCO Representative to the EU, and Prof. dr. Marc Vervenne, President of the Flemish Commission for UNESCO. The members of the organization VIRA are all policy and company leaders, academics and former diplomats who regularly exchange views on international issues, during these monthly lunch lectures

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Information Session at the European Parliament on Oceans at Rio+20 - 6 March 2012

Screening of "The Last Flight of Petr Ginz" in Cine-ONU - 25 January 2012

Inauguration of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels - 16 February 2011