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04.10.2017 - ODG

UNESCO, a humanist message in action for the 21st century


At the invitation of the Rector of the Catholic University of Paris (Institut catholique de Paris – ICP), Monsignor Philippe Bordeyne, Director-General Irina Bokova delivered the inaugural address of the academic year at the ICP on Tuesday, 3 October 2017, on the theme of “UNESCO and the relevance of humanism in the 21st century".

In his opening remarks, Monsignor Vingt-Trois underscored the role of human thinking, "which has a place in the fabric of church, but also a place in the fabric of society". “I sincerely hope that this establishment, with its renewed buildings is also renewed in its mission,” added the Archbishop of Paris.

"This renovated space is intended to serve human study and development," said Bishop Bordeyne, Rector of the ICP, in his welcoming words. "The political and educational mission of UNESCO and that of the Catholic University of Paris have a strong convergence", he continued. "Our Institute is particularly sensitive to the rapprochement of cultures, to the study of the literatures of the world, and associates the humanities with all its other disciplines, with the ambition to accompany every being in the realization of all its potentialities," declared Bishop Bordeyne.

The Director-General was delighted to deliver the inaugural speech at the beginning of the academic year: "We are united in many ways, both respectful of the past and bearers of tradition, both turned towards the future, and it is an honor to solemnly inaugurate the new buildings of the Institute, and to launch the academic year," said Ms Bokova.

"In this unity of high religious and academic authorities, I see a powerful symbol of unwavering commitment to the imperative of the transmission of knowledge, which is the raison d'être of an institution like UNESCO. This is how I see an alliance of wills in favor of education and culture, in an impulse towards the future guided by faith in young people and their potential," she added.

"Within these walls, I see all the signs of a humanist conception of knowledge and training, similar to that which guides UNESCO's mandate and action since its creation," said the Director-General.

Institut catholique de Paris – ICP

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