» In Italy, Irina Bokova highlights the role of culture and creativity for resilience
22.07.2017 - ODG

In Italy, Irina Bokova highlights the role of culture and creativity for resilience

On 22 July 2017, in the context of the visit of the Director-General to Italy, Irina Bokova participated in the Scientific Committee Meeting of the Aristide Merloni Foudnation, to discuss recent initiatives in response to the impact of the major earthquake that hit the center of Italy in 2016. On this occasion, the Director-General insisted that UNESCO’s approach never dissociates stones and buildings from the local communities and social fabrics.

Irina Bokova also highlighted recent UNESCO achievements in the response to emergencies and disaster risk preparedness. “In UNESCO we refer to the notion of “recovery” and not “rebuilding” because this is not only about saving stones and monuments – the role of culture is to sustain social life, enhance cohesion and accelerate rebirth.” The Director-General thanked the Government of Italy for its essential advocacy role in the recognition of culture as an enabler of sustainable development, for the creation of the task force #unite4heritage, and for the expertise of the Italian Carabinieri.

The Director-General also took part as a guest of honor in the think-tank meeting of the Aristide Metrloni Foundation gathering international and Italian economists, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, under the chairmanship of Mr. Enrico Letta President of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation and Dean of the School of international Affairs of Sciences Po Paris, to discuss about the relaunch of  economic activities in the region following the devastating earthquake and investments to devise a new economic, social and cultural map of the territory. “We do not need rhetorics for those territories damaged by the earthquake, we need concrete action” said Mr. Enrico Letta President of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation and Dean of the School of international Affairs of Sciences Po - Paris. Also attending Mr. Romano Prodi, former Prime Minister of Italy; Mr. Francesco Merloni, the President of the Aristide Merloni Foundation; and Mr. Daniel Gros, Director of the Center for European Policy Studies.

In concluding her visit to Italy, the Director-General opened the exhibition "Tavola Aurea"  which finds in Fabriano its permanent home after being exposed all over the world, from US to Japan. The work is an installation of 116 white ceramic dishes, one for each Creative City of UNESCO.




<- Back to: All news
Back to top