08.12.2011 - UNESCOPRESS

Palestinian flag to be raised at UNESCO

The Palestinian flag will be raised at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on Tuesday 13 December to mark Palestine’s admission to the Organization.

The ceremony will be presided over by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas, as well as Foreign Minister Riad Maliki. The President of the UNESCO’s General Conference Katalin Bogyay and the Chairperson of the Organization’s Executive Board Alissandra Cummins, will also be present.

The flag raising ceremony will take place at 12 noon. Media wishing to attend must request accreditation by 12 noon on Monday, 11 December.

UNESCO’s General Conference admitted Palestine as the Organization’s 195th Member on 31 October. Membership became official on 23 November, when Palestine signed and accepted UNESCO’s Constitution at the National Archives in London.

A press conference will be held with President Abbas following the ceremony at 1.15pm (Room IV).

UNESCO will broadcast the events live via the Globecast-SERTE network. A broadcast quality feed with audio in Arabic, French and English will be available free of charge, along with b-roll footage.


Contacts and technical details:

Globecast Hotline Booking:

Tel +33 (0) 1 44 61 47 00

Email: Paris.bookings(at)globecast.com

Times of broadcast on the GLOBECAST-SERTE network (Paris time)

Live broadcast:

12.15 p.m. (Paris time): Live transmission of the raising of the flag

12.30 pm (Paris time) : Ceremony UNESCO, Room, I

1.15 pm: (Paris time): End of ceremony (UNESCO, Room I).

1.15 – 1.30 pm (Paris time): Press Conference (UNESCO, Room IV).

A B-roll of the entire event will be available for downloading at the following address:


Photos will be available for download at the following address:


Media  will be seated on the balcony of Room I.

XLR 3-pin “cannon” sound boxes will be available.

There is a distance of 23 metres between the podium and balcony.  Photographers should be equipped with adequate lenses.


Media Contacts for accreditation

Isabelle Le Fournis: + 33 (0)1 4568 1748; i.le-fournis(at)unesco.org

Djibril Kebe: +33 (0)1 4568 1741; d.kebe@unesco.org

Audio visual media

Carole Darmouni: +33 (0)1 4568 1738; c.darmourni@unesco.org

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