» Irina Bokova meets Michele Bachelet, President of Chile
26.07.2017 - ODG

Irina Bokova meets Michele Bachelet, President of Chile


On 25 July 2017, during her official visit to Chile, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, met Her Excellency, Ms Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile.

The Director-General commended the President for her commitment to leading national implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. She underlined UNESCO’s readiness to support Chile in the process, and underscored the vitality of the President’s cooperation in developing and promoting public policies that embody UNESCO’s vision of quality, equitable and inclusive education, notably highlighting the important role of teachers in this context.

In this context, she congratulated the President on her impressive leadership regarding educational reforms, in particular on strengthening action by the education sector to support social transformation in the face of multiple challenges. “Education is a long-term investment,” said the President.

The Director-General also commended the President for presenting legislation to create a Ministry of Culture in Chile.  Irina Bokova offered the UNESCO Tree of Peace sculpture by Hedva Ser, UNESCO artist for peace, to the President of Chile, in recognition of her dedication to social inclusion and gender equality.

On the same day, the Director-General held a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency, Mr Heraldo Muñoz. The Director-General expressed her gratitude to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in endorsing multilateralism as reflected through Chile’s active participation in UNESCO’s Governing Bodies and by hosting the Regional Office for Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREAL). The Minister thanked the Organization for its dialogue and support in preserving Chilean cultural heritage.

The Director-General visited also the Human Rights and Memory Museum, created following the inscription of Human Rights Archives of Chile in 2003 on the Memory of the World Register.


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