03.04.2012 - ODG

Director-General’s Official Visit to Kenya

© Jean Bosco Ki - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova visiting the Africa on the move exhibition with President of Kenya Mwai Kibaki and Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Margaret Kamar, April 2012

From 2 to 3 April, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova went on an official visit to Kenya and opened the Ministerial Conference in the framework of the First Africa Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Youth Employment, Human Capital Development and Inclusive Growth, held in Nairobi.

At the Conference, the Director-General highlighted the importance of science and technology to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Irina Bokova also underlined the need for stronger science, technology and innovation to make the most of the energies and talents of all members of society, including women and young people.

During her visit, the Director-General is met the President of the Republic Mwai Kibaki and several government officials, including the Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga, the Minister of Education and Chairperson of the Kenyan National Commission to UNESCO Sam Ongeri and the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Margaret Kamar.

Throughout this visit, Irina Bokova focused on Africa’s major role in the Rio +20, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. “Africa is the dream continent of renewable energies” she declared.

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