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27.01.2011 - ODG

Irina Bokova argues that education brings sustainability to development at the 2011 World Economic Forum in Davos

© World Economic Forum/swiss-image.ch - A logo is displayed during preparations for the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 25 January 2011

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova attends the 2011 World Economic Forum in Davos from 28 to 29 January 2011.

In a context of growing inequalities, the Director-General will advocate for a new development paradigm and a strengthened multilateral system during the World Economic Forum in Davos. “The Forum has established itself as one of the most important venues for debate on global risks and challenges,” says Irina Bokova, who will participate in several public and private sessions, including on governing in the new media age, global health cooperation, the rise and decline of languages, women’s leadership and entrepreneurship education.

In the course of her interventions, Irina Bokova will stress that “education brings sustainability to development efforts and is crucial for poverty reduction.” She will underscore the need to place culture at the heart of development thinking and action, and to develop stronger shared norms and values for addressing global challenges.

“We are increasingly connected, but we are not more secure, and not more tolerant towards each other. The current crisis has more than economic and financial aspects. Our biggest challenge is to manage diversity, through education, through exchanges and through searching for some basic core, common values, which I call new humanism.”

The Director-General will also promote gender equality as a “force multiplier” for reaching all of the Millennium Development Goals and speak about the power of new information and communication technologies for building more inclusive societies.




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