The President of Peru visits UNESCO
The President of the Republic of Peru, H.E. Mr Ollanta Humala Tasso met the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova during an official visit to UNESCO on 16 November. At UNESCO the President also met the Permanent Delegates of the six States Parties to the World Heritage Convention involved in the preparation of the multinational and serial candidature of the Qhapaq Ñan, also known as the Andean Road System, for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru).
“Qhapaq Ñan embodies the profound intermingling of cultural, natural and intangible heritage and it symbolizes the power of culture to build bridges, to facilitate dialogue between peoples and ideas,” said the Director-General. “Given its vast cultural, technical and symbolic ramifications, this project sends out a message to all countries, as a model of cultural cooperation”.
Members of the diplomatic corps of the six Latin American republics welcomed the President, who was accompanied by Mr. Rafael Roncagliolo, Minister of External Relations; Mr.Luis Peirano, Minister of Culture; Mr. Luis Castilla, Minister of Economy and Finances; Mr. Orlando Velásquez, Chair of the National Assembly of Presidents of Universities; and Mr. Manuel Rodríguez, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Peru to UNESCO.
The President also attended also the ceremony held for the nomination of celebrated Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. Juan Diego Flórez was named “in recognition of his dedication to initiatives related to social inclusion and education”.
“In a world threatened by intolerance, music is a universal language that enhances mutual understanding and dialogue,” said the Director-General during the nomination. “Your commitment is in harmony with Peru’s decisive action in this area, whether linking culture and development or fighting the illicit trafficking in cultural property. Together, we can promote culture as a force for peace and social progress”.
President Humala underlined Peru’s interest in “working for a stronger UNESCO, with more bilateral cooperation in the fields of education and culture”. He also recalled that the Qhapaq Ñan project “symbolizes a road which centuries ago served to unite a great culture and society which is again engaged in a collective effort of integration”.
During the visit, the Director-General and the President of Peru signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on “strengthening the capacity of the education system in Peru to deliver inclusive and relevant quality education” and a Memorandum of Understanding for concerning UNESCO’s Programme for the Management of Social Transformations (MOST).
After the visit, the Director-General and the President of Peru flew together to Cadiz to attend the XXII Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government on 16 and 17 November.