Irina Bokova leads Global Migration Group, before the Chief Executives Board in Geneva
On 12 April, one day before the Chief Executives Board (CEB) meeting, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova took part in a number of inter-agency coordination mechanisms with Executive Heads of UN institutions. This included an event with UNDG Advisory Group, which discussed mainly the UN quadrennial planning cycle.
Irina Bokova led the Global Migration Group (GMG) meeting, which included for the first time the participation of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Director-General highlighted the need to integrate more deeply migration issues in the different UN coordinating bodies (GMG, HLCP, CEB). She warmly welcomed the designation of the Director-General of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yuri Fedotov, as her successor, from mid-2012, at the helm of the GMG and assured the Group she will provide him with UNESCO’s full support.
The Director-General participated in the UNAIDS Committee of Cosponsoring Organizations (CCO), which dealt mainly with the overall reduced funding level to fight HIV/AIDS worldwide and addressed the question of how to maintain this priority among the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under discussion. In her intervention, the Director-General underlined that, in spite of its current financial situation, UNESCO will continue its efforts to contain this world pandemic, notably through extra-budgetary financed projects.
On her first day in Geneva, Irina Bokova also met with the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Hamadoun Toure, one of the co-hosts of the CEB session, for an overview of UNESCO-ITU cooperation. This covered the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding later in the year, the Broadband Commission meeting in New York next September and the meeting of the WSIS Forum in May 2012.
When visiting ITU Headquarters, the Director-General toured the “ICT Discovery” exhibition, which displays the spectacular development of telecommunications in the modern age.