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06.11.2013 - ODG

Irina Bokova awarded National Order by Costa Rica

© UNESCO/F. GentileOn 6 November 2013 the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, received the Juan Mora Fernández National Order Award from the Government of Costa Rica.

On 6 November 2013 the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, received the Juan Mora Fernández National Order Award from the Government of Costa Rica. The decoration was awarded to Ms Bokova by the President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla Miranda.

On 6 November 2013 the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, received the Juan Mora Fernández National Order Award from the Government of Costa Rica. The decoration was awarded to Ms Bokova by the President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla Miranda.

Juan Mora Fernández was the first Head of State of Costa Rica, a promoter of the Federal Republic of Central America, and a defender of freedom and peace. The award is granted by the Government of Costa Rica to foreign personalities for their distinguished work in the area of diplomacy and foreign affairs. Among those who have been awarded the decoration in the past, are the current President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, former United States Ambassador to Costa Rica, Anne Slaughter Andrew and Prince Albert of Monaco.

“Both Costa Rica and our Organization are tireless promoters and defenders of peace,” stated Irina Bokova. “The example Costa Rica has given the world by abolishing its army and by dedicating today a substantial part of its public expenditure to the development of education, are testimony to the commitment the people of Costa Rica to living in peace, to enjoying freedom, to promoting the rights and dignity of all, as embodied in the constitution.”

In her address, the Director-General spoke about Juan Mora Fernandez’s legacy and the work of President Chinchilla in promoting peace and dialogue in Costa Rica, thanking the President for this honor, which she accepted on behalf of UNESCO.

“This award is also to celebrate UNESCO’s first woman Director-General and this is also very meaningful to me” stated President Chinchilla.

‘This is a sign of trust and confidence in UNESCO, in our work to lay the foundations for lasting peace and sustainable development today.”

The award ceremony took place within the framework of the 37th session of UNESCO’s General Conference. Earlier on the same day, President Chinchilla was a key-note speaker during the UNESCO Leader’s Forum. The theme of this year’s Forum is “UNESCO mobilizing for and contributing to the post-2015 agenda through education, the sciences, culture and communication and information.” The Director-General also made an address at the opening of the Leader’s Forum, with the President of Tunisia, Mr. Mousef Marzouki and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania, Mr. Algirdas Butkevicius. 




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