11.02.2017 - UNESCO Office in Doha

Director-General in the United Arab Emirates for the 5th World Government Summit

From 11 to 14 February, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, is undertaking a visit to the United Arab Emirates on the occasion of the 5th World Government Summit held in Dubai where she will give a keynote speech on the importance of inclusion as a force to take forward the new global agenda, to connect the dots between sustainable development and sustaining peace.

The summit this year will host 150 speakers across 114 sessions, with more than 4,000 regional and global personalities within 138 international delegations, making it the largest participation of its kind since the event was first launched in 2013, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay of the Kingdom of Bhutan and Prime Minister Miro Cerar of Slovenia, as well as the UN Secretary-General and the World Bank President.

At the World Government Summit, the Director-General will deliver a keynote speech at the plenary session, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rachid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and President Jim Yong Kim of the World Bank.

She will also launch the 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report “Education for people and planet: creating sustainable future for all”, in Arabic alongside the Minister of Education of the UAE, H.E. Mr Hussein bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi.

While in the UAE, she will visit the Sharjah Emirate where she will participate in an event to launch the Unite4Heritage global movement with H.H. SheikhSultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, ruler of Sharjah. UNESCO first launched the campaign in 2015 in Baghdad. It aims to create a global movement to protect and safeguard heritage in areas where it is threatened. She will also visit the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) - Athar Regional Conservation Center. She will also visit the UNESCO Category 2 Centre (Regional Center for Educational Planning).

In Dubai, the Director-General will take part in a debate with the Global Journalist Corps, a group of high-level journalists from around the world. They will discuss the Sustainable Development Goals and how culture and education at the centre of addressing some of the world’s most pressing concerns.

The Director-General is also expected to hold several bilateral meetings with high-level government officials including H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rachid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, ruler of the Sharjah Emirate; H.E. Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Public Education; and H.E. Hussein bin Ibrahim Al-Hammadi, Minister of Education of the UAE.

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