ACTIVITIES

Sciences Po Paris

From right: Frederic Mion, Director of the Paris Institute of Political Studies - Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister of Education of China – Francis Vérillaud, Vice-President Sciences Po & Director of International Affairs and exchanges

 

On Monday, August 25, 2014, at the invitation of Mr. Frederic Mion, Director of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Institut d'études politiques de Paris), H. E. Mr. Hao Ping, President of the General Conference of UNESCO and Vice-Minister of Education of China, visited Sciences Po, renowned for the quality of its teaching and its requirement.

 

Meeting between President Hao Ping and the leaders of Paris Institute of Political Studies

The president also held a meeting with the leaders of the Institute, during which they exchanged views on the way to teach social sciences and international relations as well as on various issues related to UNESCO's programmes.

 

 

Agreements between UNESCO and the Ministry of Education of China on Junior Professional Officer and Internships Programmes – UNESCO Headquarters

3 July 2014

H.E. Mr Hao Ping, President of the General Conference of UNESCO and Vice-Minister of Education of China, attended a signing ceremony of the Cooperation Agreements on the establishment of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) and the Internships Programme between the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, represented by Ms Liu Jinghui, Secretary General of the China Scholarship Council, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Signature JPO between Ministry of Education represented by Ms Liu Jinghui, Secretary General China Scholarship Council, and UNESCO/Ms Thompson-Flores, Dir. Human Resources. Behind from left: Zhou Jiagui, Deputy PermDel China/UNESCO - Zhang Xiuqin, Amb. PermDel. China/UNESCO, Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister Education China - Engida Getachew, Deputy Director-General/UNESCO - Du Yue, Secretary-General NatCom China/UNESCO

 

These agreements will provide an opportunity for young university graduates and junior qualified professionals to acquire work experience in multilateral and technical cooperation, to obtain training and exposure to UNESCO’s work at its Headquarters, Field Offices and Institutes. Those are the first agreements ever been signed between China and the United Nations System.

H. E. Ms Zhang Xiuqin, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of China to UNESCO, Mr Du Yue, Secretary-General of the National Commission of China for UNESCO, Mr Engida Getachew, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO witnessed the ceremony. The event was covered by Chinese mass media: Xinhua, CCTV, Renmin Daily, Phoenix TV.

 

 

Attendance in Executive Board’s Information Meeting (UNESCO Headquarters, Paris)

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Information Meeting of UNESCO’s executive Board

H. E. Mr. Hao Ping, President of the General Conference, attended the Executive Board’s Information Meeting with the Director-General, held on Thursday 3 July 2014. In his intervention, he recalled the important role of these meetings and the need to sharing information

regarding the multiple activities undertaken since the last session of the Executive Board. He informed the Board of his recent official visits to New York for the UN Debate, to Kuwait for the Quality Education, to Baku - Azerbaijan for the World Forum for Young Scientists, to Doha - Qatar for the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee, and to Amman - Jordan. He thanked the Director-General and the members of the Board for their contribution to the International Conference on Language, which adopted the “Suzhou Declaration” - a referential guideline for language policies. He concluded by inviting each member to keep the same determination and will, stating that “when people are united with a single will, they are as strong as city walls.”

 

 

Inaugural Meeting of the “UNESCO: Future Prospects" initiative on “UNESCO’s role and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda” - UNESCO Headquarters, Paris

2 July 2014

At the invitation of H.E. Mr Mohamed Sameh Amr, Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO, and within the framework of the Executive Board’s Decision on “UNESCO at 70 and Future

 

Prospects” (194 EX/Decision 31), the President of the General Conference attended the inaugural meeting of this initiative.

The meeting was opened by the Director-General of UNESCO and the Chairperson of the Executive Board, followed by Dr Amina J. Mohammed, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, who gave the inaugural keynote intervention, updating and providing a general tour d'horizon of the main issues relative to the current sustainable development agenda process and then set out the challenges and opportunities remaining for the rest of this year.

In his closing speech, the President Hao Ping, congratulated all the participants for the rich debate, especially the guest speaker Dr. Amina Mohamed for her inspiring speech.  He stressed that the pursuit for sustainable development and peace calls for approaches that put humans at the center.  He underlined that our mission to build peace, prosperity and harmony in the world cannot be completed without efforts to help people living in poverty or in the margins of society. He acknowledged that progress has been made in the last 70 years, but much still remains to be done.

Members of the Executive Board and Representatives of the Permanent Delegations attended this meeting.

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The President of the General Conference held meetings

On Wednesday 2 July 2014 with:

 

H.E. Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister Education China with H.E. Mr Jean-Frédéric Jauslin, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Switzerland to UNESCO and Ms Ivana Wagner, Deputy permanent delegate of Switzerland/UNESCO

 

 

H.E. Mr Jean-Frédéric Jauslin, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Switzerland to UNESCO

 

 

H.E. Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister Education China and Mr. Ny Toky Andriamanjato, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Deputy Permanent Delegate of Madagascar to UNESCO

Mr. Ny Toky Andriamanjato

Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Deputy Permanent Delegate of Madagascar to UNESCO

 

H.E. Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister Education China and H.E. Mr Ket Sophann, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Cambodia to UNESCO

 

 

 

H.E. Mr Ket Sophann

Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Cambodia to UNESCO

 

 

 

H.E. Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister Education China; H.E. Mr Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations; Mr Du Yue, Secretary-General of UNESCO/NatCom China

H.E. Mr Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Former Secretary-General of the United Nations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit to Amman, Jordan

Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister Education China and H. E. Prof. Amin A. Mahmoud, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research Jordan

16-18 June 2014

On the invitation of the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Jordan, H. E. Prof. Amin A. Mahmoud, H. E. Mr Hao Ping, President of the General Conference and Vice-Minister of Education of China, paid a visit to Amman. The President had the opportunity to

discuss various issues related to UNESCO's mandate and programmes, as well as the relationships between UNESCO, Jordan and China. Mr Hao Ping met as well the president of Jordan University and visited other institutes.

 

Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister Education China met Ms Farina Costanza/UNESCO representative Jordan and Mr Axel Plathe/UNESCO representative Iraq

During a dinner hosted by the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Jordan, Mr Hao Ping met Ms Farina Costanza, UNESCO representative in Jordan, and Mr Axel Plathe, UNESCO representative in Iraq. The President congratulated them for ensuring highest quality of technical inputs delivered with full accountability and their efficiency in carrying out UNESCO's mission through a coordinated action with other UN agencies in the country. He also brought to them the regards of the Director-General and the Chair of the Board.

The President made the journey from Amman to visit Petra, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea. Petra is one of the world's richest and largest archaeological sites set in a dominating red sandstone landscape, and inscribed in the List of World heritage of UNESCO in 1985.

 

 

38th session of the World Heritage Committee - Doha, Qatar

H.E. Mr HAO Ping, President General Conference & Vice-Minister Education China, at opening ceremony of 38th session World Heritage Committee, Doha/Qatar

15 June 2014

 

H.E. Mr HAO Ping, President of the General Conference and Vice-Minister of Education of China, attended the opening ceremony of the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee, hosted by Qatar in the capital, Doha, and chaired by H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani.

 

 

 

In his speech, the President of the General Conference praised the World Heritage Committee for the achievements made in the last 38 years. He highlighted the new challenges faced in the protection of the natural and cultural heritage sites, the need to introduce more reforms and to increase the diversity of the membership of the Committee. Quoting from Confucius, he said: “When at thirty years old, we become truly independent; when at forty years old, we are no longer confused about what we are doing”, inviting the Committee to listen to different voices from Member States, to exchange experiences and best practices. He stressed the importance of education in guiding younger generations in the preservation of our common heritage, the integration of culture into the post 2015 agenda, and underlined the unique role played by the Convention in linking different civilizations.

38th World Heritage Committee. From left: Mohamed Sameh Amr, Chair UNESCO Executive Board – Ali Al-Ghabban, Vice-President Commission for Tourism & Antiquities/Saudi Arabia - Ziad Aldrees, Ambassador, PermDel. Saudi Arabia/UNESCO - Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister Education China - Tariq Al Mehaiza/Saudi Arabia

During that opening ceremony, the Prime Minister of Qatar, Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, announced a $10 million donation to a new fund to protect World Heritage sites affected by conflict or natural disaster.

During its ten-day meeting, the Committee added a total of 26 new sites the List to bring the number of World Heritage Sites to 1007, in 161 countries.

 

 

 

15th anniversary of the inscription of the Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion - Saint-Emilion, France

13 June 2014

On the invitation of the Mayor of Saint-Emilion, Mr Bernard Lauret, H.E. Mr Hao Ping, attended the ceremony of the 15th anniversary of the inscription of the Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion in the List of World heritage of UNESCO, and the traditional activities during the period of Jurade.

Among some dignitaries of the Saint-Emilion Jurade, enthronement ceremony as "Vigneron d’honneur" of H.E. Mr. Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister Education China. On his right Ms. You Jia, from Ministry of Education of China

The ceremony was held at the City hall, during which the President of the General Conference inaugurated an international art exhibition on the theme “Wines, Art and Peace” and was enthroned as “Vigneron d’honneur”.

The Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion is an outstanding example of an historic vineyard landscape that has survived intact and in activity to the present day.

 

 

Beijing and Suzhou - China

3 – 6 June 2014

H.E. Mr HAO Ping, President of the General Conference and Vice-Minister of Education of China, welcomed Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO in Beijing and accompanied her in the following activities:

Meeting with Ms Peng Liyuan, First Lady of the People’s Republic of China and UNESCO Special Envoy for the Advancement of Girls’ and Women’s Education. The Vice Premier of China, Ms Liu Yandong, the Minister of Education, Mr Yuan Guiren, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Bao-dong Li, were present as well.

From left: Abhimanyu Singh, Director Beijing UNESCO Office – Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister Education China – Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General Education/UNESCO – Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General - Peng Liyuan, First Lady of the People’s Republic of China & UNESCO Special Envoy for the Advancement of Girls’ and Women’s Education – Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of China - Yuan Guiren, Office Chinese Minister Education - Li Baodong, Vice-Minister Foreign Affairs of China - Du Yue, Secretary-General UNESCO Chinese NatCom

International Conference on Engineering Sciences and Technology (ICEST) 2014 on the theme “Engineering and the Future of Humankind”, where the Director-General delivered a keynote address at the opening session in the presence of the President of China, XI Jinping and other dignitaries at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Launching of the Creative Economy Report by the Director-General. The event took place at the Dadu Museum of Art in Beijing, in the presence of the Chair of the UNESCO Executive Board, H.E. Ambassador Mohamed Amr and a number of Permanent Delegates to UNESCO, as well as the Director of the Dadu Museum of Art, Jin Shangyi, Ms Yan Aoshuang, Director of the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission, and the Secretary-General of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Mr Gao Xiang,

Signature and launching of the International Knowledge Centre for Engineering Sciences and Technology (IKCEST), a new Category 2 Centre under the auspices of UNESCO, and led by the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

Lecture at Tsinghua University on “Leadership, Soft Power and Values for a Better Future for All”, followed by a meeting with the President of the University, Chen Jining.

Renewal of the agreement between UNESCO and the Xinhua News Agency, for joint and concerted cooperation to carry out common projects contributing to the promotion and dissemination of information about UNESCO’s priorities and activities.

 

In Suzhou, on 5 June 2014, the President HAO Ping, attended the International Conference on “Enhancing Language Ability and Education for the 21st Century”, along with the Director-General, H. E. Ms Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Minister of Education, Mr Yuan Guiren, Mr Li Xueyong, Governor of Jiangsu Province, as well as the Chair of the UNESCO Executive Board, HE Mr Mohamed Amr. Organized by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China in partnership with UNESCO, the Conference brought together ministers of education, linguists, educators and international development partners from some 93 countries across the world -- with the goal to reflect on challenges and new options for effective language ability and language education.

From right: Qin Changwei, Deputy Secretary-General NatCom China for UNESCO – Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister Education China – Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General Education/UNESCO – Zhou Daojuan

 

In his concluding remarks, President Hao Ping recalled the importance of looking into the future with a view to improve language ability by fostering mutual respect in reciprocity learning and knowledge exchanges, putting greater emphasize on language education, and strengthening studies on the fundamental theories of language. He highlighted the exceptional role of language abilities in promoting socio-economic development within an established national policy. He also stressed the importance of information technology in fostering language education, language dissemination and language abilities for mutual understanding, and appealed to the international community to join hands for the advancement of global language ability and the sustainable development of humanity.

In the margins of the conference, President Hao Ping witnessed the signature of two agreements -- between UNESCO and the Shenzhen Municipal People's Government on support to activities for higher education; and between UNESCO and the Wei Dong Group on harnessing ICTs for inclusive, quality education.

The Conference was held in the historic city of Suzhou, known as the 'Venice of the East,' which its stunning gardens are inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

 

World Forum of Young Scientists - Baku, Azerbaijan

28-29 May 2014

By invitation of the Government of Azerbaijan, H.E. Mr Hao Ping, President of UNESCO’s General Conference, attended the World Forum of Young Scientists held in Baku from 26 to 31 May 2014.

The topic of Baku World Science Forum was “New Challenges in the World Science: Joint Approaches of Young Scientists”. The purpose of the Forum is to bring together young scientists and researchers interested in the constant search of the proper reply to the new challenges, adequate and professional dialogue as well as new experience and new ideas.

H.E. Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister Education China with young participants at the World Forum of Young Scientists/Baku

The President delivered a speech at the closing ceremony and quoting the Azeri poet and philosopher Nizami Ganjavi, he encouraged young people not to be without hope, but to dare innovate, to curb the challenges for sustainable development. He stressed that the responsibility bestowed today upon younger generation to explore new avenues that must lead us to a shared vision of peace and the common welfare of humankind, cannot be taken lightly. He concluded by stating that young scientists have a special role in the Post-2015 development agenda, which will depend essentially on knowledge in its forms, on the production, acquisition and use of knowledge. It is not because something is new that it cannot be tried.

The President had the opportunity to meet with:

H.E. Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister Education China with Mehriban Aliyeva, First Lady of Azerbaija

 

 

 

Her Excellency

Ms Mehriban Aliyeva

First Lady of Azerbaijan

From left: Abulfaz Garayev, Minister of Culture & Tourism of Azerbaijan; Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister Education of China; Anar Karimov, Amb. PermDel Azerbaijan/UNESCO

 

H.E. Mr.Mikayil Jabbarov, Minister of Education

 

H.E. Mr.Abulfaz Garayev, Minister of Culture and Tourism

 

H.E. Mr.Azad Rahimov, Minister of Youth and Sport

 

Mr. Akif Alizade, President of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences.

The visit also served as an occasion to visit Icheri Sheher, the Old City, UNESCO World Heritage and the Gala Archeological and Ethnographic Museum of Baku.

 

 

Award ceremony of the UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize to Promote Quality Education for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities - Kuwait City

26 May 2014

By invitation of the Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Kuwait to UNESCO, H.E. Dr Ali Al Tarrah, the President of UNESCO’s General Conference attended the award ceremony of the UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize to Promote Quality Education for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. The Prize, established in 2002 and funded by the State of Kuwait, is awarded on a biannual basis to two individuals, organizations, or centers that have contributed to the promotion of inclusive quality education for persons with intellectual disabilities.

The 2014 two winners, recommended by an international jury, were:

-  The Armenian NGO Bridge of Hope, for its programme entitled ‘Towards Education for All: Inclusive Education’

-  The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development of the Canadian Provincial Government of New Brunswick, for its long-standing commitment to a systemic approach to inclusive education for learners with disabilities.

 

From left: Ali Ahmad Al Tarrah, Amb. PermDel Kuwait/UNESCO – Hamed Al Hammami, Dir. UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States/Lebanon – Susanna, NGO Bridge Hope/winner – Hao Ping, President GenConf UNESCO - Nayf Al-Hajraf, Minister of Education & Higher Education Kuwait - Gordon Porter, Inclusive Education Canada director/New Brunswick/winner – Mohamed Sameh Amr, Chair UNESCO Executive Board - Gérald Richard, Deputy Minister Education & Early Childhood Education/New Brunswick/winner

H.E. Hao Ping presented the Prize to Susanna, the Armenian winner of the Prize. She expressed gratitude to the State of Kuwait for the support to this segment of people and their integration in their respective societies. She highlighted the importance of ensuring equal rights for the persons with special needs and gender equality across the globe.

 

H.E. Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister Education China with H.E. Mr. Ali Ahmad Al Tarrah, Amb. PermDel Kuwait/UNESCO

 

 

The President Hao Ping had the opportunity to meet with H.E. Dr. Nayf Al-Hajraf, Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education of Kuwait. They discussed various issues related to UNESCO's mandate and programmes, and the prospects of a continuous cooperation with the Organization in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

United Nations General Assembly Special Thematic Debate - New York

5 May 2014

H.E. Hao Ping, President of UNESCO’s General Conference, attended the special thematic debate in New York on “Culture and sustainable development in the post 2015 development agenda”.

Mandated by the United Nations Resolution 68/223, ministers and senior policymakers from around the world joined UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson, and H.E. Khaled Khiari, Acting President of the United Nations General Assembly underscored through country level testimonies and global data how culture, in its manifold expressions ranging from cultural heritage to creative industries, from sustainable tourism to cultural infrastructure, drives and enables the social, environmental and economic pillars of sustainable development.

The President of UNESCO’s General Conference underlined the importance of culture as a resource to tackle the multiple challenges societies around the world are facing and the foundation for building a more harmonious and sustainable future.  He observed that the ways in which people learn, acquire and transmit knowledge are closely linked to their geographical, historical and linguistic backgrounds; and that educational curricula that take the local context into account are most likely to be effective in providing quality education and cohesive societies.

 

Agreement with China’s Hisense Co. Ltd to Renew UNESCO’s Equipment - UNESCO Headquarters

Signature agreement between UNESCO/Irina Bokova, Director General and Hisense Co. Ltd/Liu Hao, Executive Vice President. Behind from left You Shaozhong, Ambassador/Chinese Permanent Delegate UNESCO - Li Qun, Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee Qingdao City - Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister Education China – Hans D’Orville, Assistant Director-General Bureau Strategic Planning/UNESCO – Paola Leoncini-Bartoli, Director Cabinet/UNESCO

2 May 2014

H.E. Mr Hao Ping, President of the General Conference of UNESCO and Vice-Minister of Education of China, attended a signing ceremony of agreement between UNESCO and Hisense Co. Ltd, China’s largest electronics manufacturer. 

 

Hisense Co. Ltd made a financial contribution of €80,000 for the restoration of UNESCO’s electronic facilities at Headquarters and provided with some electronic devices.

The ceremony was attended by Mr Li Qun, Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee of Qingdao City, where the company is based, Mr Liu Hao, Executive Vice President of Hisense Co, and Mr You Shaozhong, Ambassador and Chinese Permanent Delegate to UNESCO.

Expressing gratitude for the generous donation, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mrs Bokova, awarded the Confucius Medal to Mr Li Qun and referred to the strength and importance of UNESCO’s cooperation with China.

 

The President of the General Conference held meetings

On Tuesday 8 April

-   H. E. Dr David Doyle, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of St. Kitts and Nevis to UNESCO

On Wednesday 9 April

-   Rev. Dr. Rudolph Anthony, Secretary-General of the National Commission of Belize for UNESCO

-   H. E. Mr Ahmed Sayyad, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Yemen to UNESCO and President of the Group 77 + China

-   H. E. Mr Jean-Marie Adoua, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Congo to UNESCO

  H. E. Mr Ket Sophann, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Cambodia to UNESCO

On Monday 14 April

-   H. E. Mrs Eleonora Mitrofanova, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Russian Federation to UNESCO

 

 

International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

7 April 2014

On 7 April evening, the President of the General Conference attended the commemoration ceremony of the International Day of reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda, which was opened by the Director-General and the Ambassador of Rwanda to France and UNESCO. The purpose of the day is to ensure that the genocide perpetrated in Rwanda in 1994 is better known, and to honour the memory of the victims and pay tribute to the survivors, a raising awareness among younger generations about this genocide and promoting the values of a culture of peace.

 

 

194th Session of the Executive Board

2 to 15 April 2014

The President of the General Conference sits ex officio in an advisory capacity on the Executive Board (Ex. Board, Rules of Proc., rule 9.1). On 9 April 2014, during the 4th plenary meeting of the 194th session of the Board, H.E. Mr Hao Ping congratulated the Chairperson of the Executive Board and the Director-General for their coordination and mutual understanding in the implementation of UNESCO’s programmes. He reminded the audience that 2015 will celebrate the 70th anniversary of UNESCO quoting Confucius “at 70 years old, you become precious with your experience gained during your whole life”. He expressed his satisfaction in regard to the establishment of a taskforce for its preparation, and invited all the Member States to join their efforts to make it a grand celebration and a precious moment of solidarity, in a spirit of diversity and openness. He concluded by quoting the two Chinese proverbs “If people are of one heart, even the yellow earth can become gold” and “only the joint efforts of all can remove the Mont Tai.

 

 

Visit of the Head of State of China

27 March 2014

On 27 March 2014, the President of the People’s Republic of China, H. E. Mr XI Jinping, and the First Lady Peng Liyuan, paid a historic visit to UNESCO. Mr XI Jinping is the first ever Chinese Head of State to visit UNESCO.  The President of the General Conference, together with the Director-General and the Chairperson of the Executive Board, welcomed them to UNESCO. After a bilateral meeting, President Xi Jinping delivered a lecture in front of representatives from UNESCO’s Member States, members of the diplomatic corps in France, business leaders and other distinguished personalities.  President Xi Jinping called for respect and protection of cultural diversity, and stressed the importance of maintaining and reinforcing exchange and dialogue between cultures.

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Visit of H.E. Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan, President and First Lady of the People’s Republic of China - 27 March 2014. Hans D’Orville, Assistant Director-General Bureau Strategic Planning/UNESCO; Mohamed Sameh Amr, Chair UNESCO Executive Board; Irina Bokova, Director General UNESCO; Wang Yi, Minister Foreign Affairs China; Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister Education China; Engida Getachew, Deputy Director-General/UNESCO; Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General Education/UNESCO

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Visit of Peng Liyuan, First Lady of the People’s Republic of China - 27 March 2014. Hao Ping, President UNESCO GenConf & Vice-Minister Education China; Brigitte Ayrault, French Prime Minister’s wife ; Mohamed Sameh Amr, Chair UNESCO Executive Board; Engida Getachew, Deputy Director-General/UNESCO

 

 

On the same day, the President of the General Conference attended the designation ceremony of the First Lady PENG Liyuan as UNESCO Special Envoy for the advancement of girls’ and women’s education.

 

 

 

 

Working meeting with the Chairs of UNESCO Electoral Groups

26 March 2014

The President of the General Conference called a meeting on 26 March 2014 with the heads of the six electoral groups of UNESCO (Sweden, Lithuania, Argentina, Philippines, Benin, Bahrain), to facilitate sharing thoughts and ideas and to hear the views from the electoral groups before the 194th Session of the Executive Board.  He informed them of the outcome of the last meeting of the heads of the 3 organs and invited them to share with him any matter that they may wish to be raised during the next meeting.  The President reassured the Chairs of each electoral group of his readiness to listen at any time any of their suggestions related to UNESCO’s political role as a platform for multilateral diplomacy, clear information about the work of UNESCO in its spheres of competence, focusing on results with a view to consolidate the common efforts to guide the Organization through its mandate.

 

 

Visit to the Holy See (Italy)

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H.E. Mr HAO Ping, President UNESCO's General Conference and His Eminence Cardinal Pietro PAROLIN, Secretary of State of His Holiness

21-22 March 2014

 

The President of the General Conference, H.E. Mr Hao Ping, led a delegation to visit the Vatican on 21 and 22 March 2014.  Thanks to the good offices of Monsignor Francesco Follo, Permanent Observer of Holy See to UNESCO, the President met with H. E Monsignor Vincenzo Zani, Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, representing His Eminence Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Prefect of the Congregation, who was on mission abroad.

 

 

 

The main highlight of this visit was the audience with His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of His Holiness. They had rich exchanges on their approaches in the field of poverty eradication, literacy, quality and access to education for all, special emphasis was given to intercultural and inter-religious dialogue in order to avoid too many conflicts around the world and improve peace and mutual comprehension.

 

 

16th Annual L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science 2014

19 March 2014

H. E. Mr HAO Ping attended, on the evening of 19 March 2014, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards c eremony, held at the Sorbonne University in Paris (France).  The ceremony was presided by Professor Günter Blobel, 1999 Nobel Prize for Medicine, in the presence of the Director-General of UNESCO, and of Mr Jean-Paul Agon, Chair and CEO of L’Oréal and Chair of the L’Oréal Foundation.

Each year, five outstanding women scientists – one per continent – are honoured for the contributions of their research, the strength of their commitments and their impact on society. The five laureates of the 2014 edition L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards are:

    -   Europe: Professor Brigitte Kieffer– Neurobiology (Strasbourg/France)

     -   North America: Professor Laurie Glimcher – Immunology and Medicine (New York/USA)

    -   Latin America: Professor Cecilia Bouzat – Biophysics (Buenos Aires/Argentina)

    -   Asia / Pacific: Professor Kayo Inaba – Immunology & Medicine (Kyoto/Japan)

    -   Africa and the Arab States: Doctor Segenet Kelemu – Biology & Plant Pathology (Nairobi/Kenya)

 

 

International Day for Nowruz

19 March 2014

The President of the General Conference attended the celebration of Nowruz, inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as a cultural tradition observed by numerous peoples. It is a reminder of the values and aspirations that bind us all together, in mutual understanding, solidarity and peace.

 

 

Second Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

15-17 March 2014

H.E. Mr HAO Ping, President of the General Conference, attended the Second Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) from 15 to 17 March 2014.  This event, under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President & Prime Minister for the UAE, was organized in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative and hosted jointly by UNESCO, GEMS Education, the Varkey GEMS Foundation and Dubai Cares.

Nowadays, unemployment is at an all-time high across much of the globe and funding for education is being cut where it is most sorely needed – both issues that disproportionally affect the young and disadvantaged. The Forum gave special emphasis to the role of public-private partnerships in strengthening the nexus between education, equity and employment. The aim was to inspire new ideas and partnerships that unleash the power of education to transform global society positively and to facilitate the first steps in this essential process.

 

 

Attendance in Executive Board’s Information Meeting

H. E. Mr. Hao Ping, President of the General Conference, attended the Executive Board’s Information Meeting with the Director-General, held on Wednesday 12 February 2014. In his intervention, he congratulated the Director-General for her very good and concise reports, as well as the Chairperson and Executive Board members for their fruitful work and commitment. He concluded by quoting the Chinese philosopher Lao Zi: “The more we help others, the more we benefit ourselves”.

 

Meeting between the Heads of UNESCO’s three organs

Following the decision to launch regular coordination meetings between the Heads of UNESCO’s three organs (189 EX/Decision 11.8), the Director-General, Irina Bokova, the President of the General Conference, Vice-Minister Hao Ping and the Chairperson of the Executive Board, Ambassador Mohammed Amr, met for the first time on 13 February 2014.

They reviewed issues of common interest and the overall situation of the Organization. This meeting allowed for a fruitful exchange on relations with Member States, the planification of information meetings with Permanent Delegations on strategic priority themes, the calendar of important UNESCO events and activities in the coming months, and the visibility of the Organization’s work at the field level.

Concerning the need to enhance the visibility of UNESCO's field operational activities, it was agreed that field directors would be invited periodically to make presentations during sessions of the governing bodies or information meetings.

The Heads of the Governing Bodies and the Director-General agreed on the need to pursue these useful consultations at regular intervals in order to strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of the Organization.

 

Donation of Hainan Airlines Company Limited

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P. Chen Feng, Chairman of the Board of HNA Group, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and Hao Ping, President of the General Conference of UNESCO

On Thursday, 13 February 2014, as a result of the President’s efforts to mobilize extra-budgetary funding, the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova, the Board Chairman of China’s HNA Group Co. Ltd (Hainan Airlines Company Limited), Mr. Chen Feng; and the Board Chairman of the Hainan Cihang Foundation, Mr Zeng Haorong, signed a five year framework agreement to fund girls’ and women’s education, which will be placed under UNESCO’s Global partnership for girls’ and women’s education: “Better Life, Better Future”.

The President of the General Conference held meetings

On Thursday 13 February 2014 with:

-   H.E. Mr Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Former UN Secretary-General (1992-1996);

-   Mrs. Nerissa Cook, Deputy Assistant-Secretary of State for International Organizations Affairs of the United States of America;

-   H.E. Mr Mohammad RézaMajidi, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Islamic Republic of Iran to UNESCO;

-   H.E. Ms Lamia Chakkour, Ambassador & Permanent Delegate of the Syrian Arab Republic to UNESCO;

-   H.E. MrKarunaratneHangawatte, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO;

-   H.E. Mr David Hamadziripi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Zimbabwe to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO;

-   Mr Jean Audouze, President of the French National Commission for UNESCO.

On Friday 14 February 2014 with:

-   Msgr. Francesco Follo, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to UNESCO;

 

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