Photo gallery : 70th Anniversary launch

The powerful legacy of Nelson Mandela provided the backdrop for the launch of celebrations marking UNESCO’s 70th anniversary, which kicked off at the Organizaton’s Paris Headquarters on the evening of Friday 31 October.  In the presence of numerous personalities including the President of Haiti Michel Martelly, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova opened the event with a stirring tribute to Mandela, which was followed by several outstanding artistic performances.