» UNESCO Director-General meets French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian
29.05.2017 - ODG

UNESCO Director-General meets French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian

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On 29 May 2017, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, met with the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, at the Quai d'Orsay.

This meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the close and long-standing cooperation between the Organization and France, as host country in all areas of UNESCO's competences.

The Director-General welcomed France's strong commitment to the protection of heritage in conflict areas. Recalling Resolution 2347 on the protection of heritage for the maintenance of peace, adopted unanimously by the United Nations Security Council on 24 March 2017, led by France and Italy, the Director-General expressed gratitude for France’s support in the implementation of this historic resolution.

The Director-General reaffirmed UNESCO's readiness to work with the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH), launched with President François Hollande on 20 March, and underscored the need to ensure International coordination for the protection of heritage in danger.

Ms Bokova informed the Minister of UNESCO's action in the priority areas of education for global citizenship, the prevention of violent extremism and the fight against the radicalization of young people, including on the Internet, particularly through education and culture.

The Director-General recalled the excellent cooperation with France in the organization of COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Paris, and underlined UNESCO's commitment to the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, informing the Minister that UNESCO is the main partner of the United Nations Ocean Conference, to be held in New York from 5 to 9 June.

Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian commended the excellent cooperation between France and UNESCO on education, the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the protection of cultural heritage, which are high priorities for the new Government of the French Republic.

Mr Le Drian also applauded the achievements of the Director-General at the head of UNESCO during her two terms in office, which helped strengthen the implementation of the Organization's programmes and ensure its international positioning within its fields of competence.

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