San Francisco City welcomes UNESCO Director-General
“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed,” said Irina Bokova recalling American poet and writer Archibald MacLeish’s contribution to the UNESCO constitution, stressing that the very conception of UNESCO was born on the US soil, at the welcome ceremony to San Francisco City, on 20 March.
In the City Hall, she was greeted by Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Chief of Protocol Charlotte Shultz.
Edwin Lee highlighted the importance of values for San Francisco, a city known for its appreciation of other cultures and of mutual enrichment through intercultural cooperation. "This city feels as a privilege and responsibility that of understanding what happens in the rest of the world."
Addressing the guests on the purpose of her visit, the Director-General reiterated her strong commitment towards enhancing increased knowledge about UNESCO's work in the world across the USA, emphasizing that UNESCO's commitment to women's and girls' literacy, to teaching respect for all and anti-discrimination in schools, to the development of science, to freedom of expression, and to the preservation of cultural heritage are fundamental to achieve social and economic development.
These fundamentals are enshrined in the core values which UNESCO upholds and which it deeply shares with the USA.
This welcoming ceremony took place in the presence of about 50 guests including many diplomatic community officials, business people, educational and cultural leaders.
The Director-General’s six city mission to the U.S., from 13 to 25 March, includes stops in Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles.