» Director-General meets with the President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly
22.09.2017 - ODG

Director-General meets with the President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly

On 22 September 2017, the Director-General met the President of the General Assembly, Mr Miroslav Lajcak.

The President outlined his three main priorities for the General Assembly session under the theme “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet”: prevention and mediation for sustaining peace; migration; and UN Reform.    

The Director-General pledged UNESCO's continuing and full support to the work of the General Assembly, particularly in the field of prevention in which the Organization has a specific mandate "building peace in the minds of men and women notably through education and culture" but also through its work in the areas of youth. 

Irina Bokova informed the President about UNESCO’s work on preventing violent extremism and fighting youth radicalization as well as in promoting lifelong learning and skills. In this context, the President and the Director-General discussed about UNESCO’s contribution to the high-level thematic debates, which will be organized in the framework of the General Assembly in 2018.

Stressing that diplomacy is about prevention, and in particular preventing conflicts, the President thanked the Director-General for her support and stressed that UNESCO’s contribution will be essential to implementation of his priorities.

The Director-General and the President then exchanged about UN Reform and how to strengthen the role of the United Nations in order to successfully implement the international agenda for development.

In ending, the Director-General invited Mr Lajcak to attend the Leaders Forum of the 38th session of the General Conference, which will be held on 31 October and 1 November at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

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