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26.08.2017 - ODG

Director-General in Thailand for International Symposium on Girls’ Education in STEM

From 27 to 29 August, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova is undertaking an official visit to Thailand on the occasion of UNESCO’s international symposium on “Cracking the Code: girls’ education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).” During the event, which will take place in the presence of H.E. Dr Sophon Napathorn, Deputy Minister of Education of Thailand, UNESCO will launch a global report examining the status of girls’ education in STEM worldwide and factors influencing girls’ participation, achievement and progress in STEM studies.

During her official visit, the Director-General is expected to meet with the Prime Minister of Thailand, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Don Pramudwinai, the Minister of Education, Mr Terrakiat Jareonsettasin, and other senior government officials, to take stock of UNESCO’s cooperation with the country, which joined the Organization in 1949 and hosts its regional bureau on education for Asia and the Pacific.   

In this context, the Director-General will visit the renovated premises of the Office, funded by the Royal Thai Government, and sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Minister of Science and Technology of Thailand, H.E. Dr Atchaka Sibunruang, for the establishment in Chiang Mai, of the International Training Centre in Astronomy under the auspices of UNESCO. 

Irina Bokova will also pay tribute to His Majesty the late King Rama IX, Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away in October 2016 at the age of 88. Acceding to the throne in 1946, he was the world’s longest serving constitutional monarch, and a passionate advocate for the “philosophy of the sufficiency economy,” which resonates with UNESCO’s vision and priorities. 

During the visit, she will give a keynote lecture on “Global Challenges and UNESCO’s Soft Power Vision,” in which she will make the case the development and ethical case for investment in quality education, scientific innovation and culture to shape more resilient, green and inclusive knowledge societies, setting this in the context of the legacy of the late King as well as Thailand’s 4.0 strategy.

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