UNESCO Director-General meets Minister of Foreign Affairs of China
On June 7, the UNESCO Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova met with the H.E. Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, in Beijing.
The Foreign Minister thanked the Director-General for her leadership at UNESCO, and underlined the importance of the Organization for the Government of the People's Republic of China and for advancing the goals of building lasting foundations for sustainable development and peace. He said this was underlined with the historic visit by President Xi Jinping to UNESCO on 27 March, 2014, his first to a UN agency.
In this respect, he highlighted the importance of the first award ceremony, led by First Lady of China and UNESCO Special Envoy Professor Peng Liyuan and the Director-General, of the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education, staged in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on 6 June 2016. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Minister of Education Mr Yuan Guiren, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Li Baodong, and moderated by the Vice-Minister of Education and Chairperson of the National Commission for UNESCO Mr Hao Ping.
The Foreign Minister pointed also to the Second UNESCO Creative Cities Summit, held in Beijing on 6 June, opened by Ms Liu Yandong, Vice Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China, Irina Bokova, as well as the Mayor of Beijing Mr Wang Anshun and the Minister of Education, Mr Yuan Guiren.
The Director-General thanked the Foreign Minister for the depth of China's leadership at UNESCO, stating that this support has never been so vital at a time when demand for cooperation in education, the sciences, culture, communication and information is so high.
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