Director-General in Colombia to participate in the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
From 1 to 3 February 2017, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, is undertaking an official visit to Colombia, where she is expected to meet with the President of the Republic and Laureate of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón.
The Director-General is also expected to meet high-level Government representatives to discuss UNESCO's support for the peacebuilding and reconciliation process in Colombia. This includes meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar; the Minister Counselor for Post-conflict, Human Rights and Security, Rafael Pardo Rueda; the Minister of Culture, Mariana Garcés Córdoba; the Minister of Information and Communications Technologies, David Luna Sánchez; and the Minister of Education, Yaneth Giha Tovar.
At the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, the Director-General will give a keynote speech on sustaining peace, and participate in the panel on "Peace and Education", which will highlight the importance of education to build sustainable peace and as a tool for conflict resolution. Several Nobel Peace Prize Laureates will also take part in this panel -- including Kailash Satyarthi (2014); Anthony Lake, representative of UNICEF (Organization awarded in 1965); Marcelo Kohen, Secretary-General of the Institute of International Law (1904); Ahmed Üzümcü, representative of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (2013); and Ouided Bouchamaoui, one of the members of the Quartet for National Dialogue in Tunisia (2015).
The Director-General will also visit the Universidad del Rosario, where she will give a lecture on gender equality in the context of the recent creation of a UNESCO Chair on this campus. In addition, Irina Bokova will visit the exhibition "The Origin of Night" at the National University of Colombia, which brings together photographic, sound and audiovisual files on the knowledge and traditions of indigenous cultures. She will also visit the Gold Museum, dedicated to Pre-Columbian goldsmithing art.
While in Colombia Irina Bokova will visit a training center of the National Learning Service (SENA) in Cazucá, where she will meet with a group of young students. The Director-General is also expected to meet with the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and its Resident Coordinator.
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