UNESCO Director-General receives the “Francisco de Miranda” honorific distinction from Venezuela
On 29 November, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, received the “Francisco de Miranda” Order at the rank of “Generalissmo”, First Class, from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, during a ceremony that took place within the framework of an event commemorating the bicentennial of the death of General Francisco de Miranda (1816-2016), whose documentary heritage was inscribed on the Memory of the World Register in 2007.
The ceremony was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, in the presence of H.E. Mr Héctor Michel Mújica Ricardo, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the French Republic, and H.E. Ambassador Luis Alberto Crespo, Permanent Delegate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to UNESCO.
The Director-General expressed her gratitude to the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for granting her the distinction.
“I accept this distinction as recognition of UNESCO’s commitment to our common values, embodied by Francisco de Miranda – freedom and human dignity,” declared Irina Bokova.
Referring to the archives of Francisco de Miranda the Director-General stated that “the outstanding life of Francisco de Miranda deserves to be known, taught and shared, across the world – his engagement for freedom and dignity is an inspiration in turbulent times, to counter the forces of division that would seek to fragment humanity.”
H.E. Ambassador Luis Alberto Crespo, Permanent Delegate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to UNESCO, emphasized that Miranda was “a man of UNESCO, many centuries before its creation in 1945 – he foresaw one of the current programmes of UNESCO, which is the fight against trafficking of cultural goods in war times. In the same way, he advocated gender equality and freedom of women”.
Mr. Carlos Fung Guevara, Director of the documentary on the life of Francisco de Miranda presented during the ceremony, in which the Director-General also participated, underlined “Miranda’s engagement which pushes each one of us to grow”.
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