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20.03.2017 - ODG

The Director-General meets the leadership of B'nai B'rith International

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On 20 March, UNESCO Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova, met with the Executive Vice President of B'nai B'rith International, Mr Daniel S. Mariaschin, accompanied by several senior members of this organization, at UNESCO Headquarters.

This meeting was an opportunity to highlight the longstanding cooperation between UNESCO and B'nai B'rith International, marked by significant joint initiatives such as the symposiums “Permanence of Yiddish” and “Judeo-Spanish Heritage trail and in the Mediterranean” co-organized by B'nai B'rith and UNESCO at UNESCO Headquarters in 2012 and 2014 respectively.

Mr Mariaschin praised UNESCO for successfully developing its Programme on Education about the Holocaust and expressed his strong wish that the Programme be further strengthened in the years to come stressing the importance of the Organization’s leadership role in the field of education. The Organization stands as the sole UN agency with a mandate to promote Holocaust education worldwide for the prevention of genocide, promoting respect for human rights, through policies and initiatives at a global level, in order to make young people, whatever their origin and culture, become more aware of the mechanisms that can lead societies to scale up hatred and mass violence, and how to prevent these phenomena.

The Director-General expressed her gratitude to B'nai B'rith for its continuing support of UNESCO on matters of common interest, including fostering intercultural dialogue, combating anti-Semitism, youth radicalization and violent extremism, as well as all forms of discrimination and intolerance.

Ms Bokova and Mr Mariaschin pledged to continue with the constructive engagement and cooperation in these areas.




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