Director-General Meets Minister of State of Singapore
On 28 August, the Director-General met with Mr Sam Tan Chin Siong, Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth of Singapore, in Bali, Indonesia.
Meeting on the margins of the 6th Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, the State Minister underlined the importance of respecting cultural diversity and dialogue every day for the harmony of life in Singapore.
The Director-General agreed, noting also the complementarity of UNESCO's action with the Alliance of Civilisations and highlighting 70 years of practical work on the ground by UNESCO to these ends.
"Heriatge is more than stones and buildings -- it carries values, meaning and history that matters today."
In this respect, the State Minister thanked the Director-General for her visit to Singapore in June and her opportunity to experience the Singapore Botanical Gardens -- which are so important for the history and identity of Singapore citizens as well as for all societies, as an example of balancing urban development, conservation along with education and community engagement
Irina Bokova underlined the unique beauty and experience of the Botanical Gardens and their importance. She thanked the Government also the orchid naming ceremony that took place during the meeting of the World Heritage Committee this year.
She thanked the Government for its deepening leadership and pledged support in all ways necessary. She welcomed also the engagement of Singapore Government Interns at UNESCO Headquarters and in Bangkok and looked forward to further such initiatives.
The State Minister noted also the forthcoming Futures of Preservation Conference that Singapore is holding on 10-13 September, including UNESCO experts. All of this, he said, is part of the commitment of the Government to build a 'City in a Garden,' reflecting balance and harmony.
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