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22.09.2017 - ODG

Director-General meets Republic of Korea Foreign Minister

On 22 September, in the margins of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Ms Kang Kong-hwa.

Ms Bokova traced the flourishing cooperation with the Republic of Korea, highlighting the reach of the World Conference on Education in Incheon in 2015 that paved the way for the adoption of SDG4,  support to global citizenship education notably through the Asia Pacific Centre of Education for Peace and International Understanding and the impact of former UN Secretary-General's Global Education First Initiative.

She noted that this partnership is further reflected in activities spanning the Organization's mandate, including plans to establish the first-ever centre under UNESCO auspices dedicated to global research and training for management of international designated areas, in Jeju self-governing province.

Minister Kang expressed appreciation to the Director-General for taking bilateral relations with the Republic of Korea to new heights and asserted that the country would continue to "cherish and nurture" the work.

Discussion followed on the way forward for the Memory of the World programme‎, with the Director-General underlining the importance of the programme's review to strengthen cooperation and transparency of the expert-driven process and encourage dialogue.

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