Morocco reiterates its support for UNESCO programmes
In the course of a series of meetings with senior officials in Rabat, Morocco, on 9 February 2011, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, met with Moroccan Ministers of Communication, Culture and the Environment to discuss projects of future cooperation.
In his meeting with Irina Bokova, Khalid Naciri, Minister of Communication and Spokesperson of the Government, emphasized Morocco's engagement “in a process of democratization for the past number of years”. For her part, the Director-General reiterated her unwavering commitment to freedom of the press and to UNESCO's mandate to defend it. The Minister also highlighted the fruitful cooperation with the UNESCO Chair in Communication and underscored the Ministry’s objective to achieve international standards of communication and information, particularly by focusing on training of journalists.
The ratification by Morocco of the UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions will reinforce UNESCO's role in the export and import of cultural property, noted the Minister of Culture, Bensalem Himmich. The Convention is a concrete step to use culture as a lever for development, especially in Africa, the priority region for the Organization.
In line with the discussions from the previous day, the Moroccan authorities and the Director-General concentrated their talks on projects for future cooperation in the field of science and research. Amina Ben Khadra, Minister of Energy, Mines and Environment expressed her wish for closer cooperation with UNESCO. The Organization plays a strategic role in training for careers related to the green economy and renewable energy. The last International Forum on Education for Sustainable Development, in Doha, allowed for Irina Bokova to recall UNESCO’s actions on these topics.
The Director-General concluded her official visit to Morocco at the Ibn Battouta School, which is part of the UNESCO Associated Schools Network. There she interacted with students and met with the Secretary of State for Education, Latifa Abida.
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