Director-General in Abu Dhabi to participate in the Culture Summit 2017
From 9 to 13 April, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, is traveling to Abu Dhabi to take part in the Culture Summit 2017, a high-level international summit that will bring together government leaders and culture professionals and experts to address the role culture for peace, mutual understanding and sustainable development.
The summit is held under the theme “The Creative Mind of the Connected World: Culture as a Change Agent in the Digital World”. It will bring together representatives from over 60 countries to address challenges ranging from the preservation of cultural heritage to understanding the disruptions likely to be associated with emerging technologies, from bringing arts education to the young to finding new ways to finance the arts, from combatting threats like extremism to developing public policies that promote creativity and social development.
The event will be hosted by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and presented in conjunction with the Foreign Policy Group, publishers of Foreign Policy Magazine, and TCP Ventures, a producer of artistic ventures and an advisory firm focused on issues associated with the arts and culture.
The Director-General will take part in two State of the Arts plenary sessions entitled “Universality and Uniqueness: Boundaries and that by Which We are Bound Together in a Connected World” and “Change Agents, Healers and Advocates: The Why of the Arts and Media in the New Global Cultural Reality”. She will also participate in a plenary session on “Cases studies in Connectedness: New collaborations for a New World”. This session will take place in the presence of H.E. Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, and Chairperson of the Media Zone Authority Abu Dhabi and twofour54 and Mr Robert Lynch, President of Americans for the Arts.
While in the United Arab Emirates, the Director-General will hold several bilateral meetings and visit Al Ain inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in 2011.
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