UNESCO Director-General in Ukraine to Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Membership
On 22 April, the UNESCO Director-General visited Ukraine to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the membership of Ukraine and to discuss cooperation between UNESCO and Ukraine and its future prospects.
Irina Bokova met with the Prime Minister, Mr Arseniy Yatseniuk, with whom she discussed the state of cooperation between Ukraine and UNESCO, including in the sphere of safeguarding cultural heritage.
The Director-General met also with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Andriy Deschytsya, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Mr. Danylo Lubkivsky and the Director of Department for Relations with the Ukrainian Diaspora, Cultural and Humanitarian Cooperation, Mr Volodymyr Yatsenkivsky.
Irina Bokova took part in a solemn meeting of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences, chaired by the President of the Academy, Professor Boris Paton and devoted to the 60th anniversary of Ukraine’s membership in UNESCO.
“The partnership between Ukraine and UNESCO draws on deep roots in Ukrainian society," said the Director-General.
“As we move forward,” she continued, “all must remain true to the values and aspirations we share, to build a more effective and rules-based multilateral order, founded – as the UNESCO Constitution states -- on dignity, equality and mutual respect.”
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Ukraine’s membership of UNESCO, the Director-General participated in a special ceremony inaugurating a postage stamp dedicated to the anniversary, with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Mr. Danylo Lubkivsky, the Chair of the National Commission of Ukraine to UNESCO.
UNESCO enjoys fruitful cooperation with the country in various UNESCO priority areas, from Education for All, the Man and the Biosphere Programme to the protection of cultural heritage. In 2014, UNESCO is associated with the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of birth of Taras Shevchenko.
The Director-General was honoured to be awarded by President Boris Paton of the Academy of Sciences the Honourable Medal and Diploma in recognition of "her outstanding contribution to international cooperation in science."
Irina Bokova was also honoured by the award of the Medal in the Name of Taras Shevchenko's 200th Anniversary, awarded to her on behalf of the Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
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