» Whilst in Chile, Irina Bokova highlights UNESCO’s soft power for sustainable development
25.07.2017 - ODG

Whilst in Chile, Irina Bokova highlights UNESCO’s soft power for sustainable development

UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, in the Diplomatic Academy of Chile, on 24 July 2017

On Monday, 24 July, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova gave a keynote lecture at the Diplomatic Academy in Santiago to highlight the role of quality education and cultural diversity in achieving the sustainable development goals set out in the UN’s 2030 Agenda. This was an initiative of Ambassador Juan Somavía, Director of the Diplomatic Academy, and to which participated Mr. Edgardo Riveros, Vice minister of Foreign Affairs.

“I would like to congratulate Chile for having initiated the national process of implementation of Agenda 2030, in consultation with the civil society and the private sector” she said. “Gender equality is a crucial element of Agenda 2030”, she added. 

Bokova thanked the Government of Chile for implementing the 2030 Agenda and assured UNESCO’s full support in its implementation process, particularly regarding Education. Further to this, she encouraged Chile to keep working on culture as a factor for reconciliation and regional cooperation. In addition, she called for peace and unity of the continent through culture. 

In a meeting with Her Excellency, Ms. Adriana Delpiano, Minister of Education and Mr. Angel Cabeza, Director of DIBAM (Director of Libraries, Archives and Museums), the Director-General commended the reinforced ties between UNESCO in Santiago and the Ministry of Education of Chile in recent years. UNESCO is working hand in hand with Chile to increase quality of education, as well as inclusion. Education is a public good, which has to be strengthened and promoted, emphasized the Director-General. 

This close relationship has manifested itself through more than 40 self-benefiting projects implemented by the two parties and focused on educational reforms, including curricular transformation, higher education, technical and vocational training and education, information and communication technologies, among others. 

The Director–General reiterated the Organization’s compromise in supporting Chilean policies to implement Agenda 2030 to Mr. Marcos Barraza, Minister of Social Development. 

Following her arrival at the National Council for Culture and Arts, the Director-General expressed her appreciation to Mr. Ernesto Ottone, Minister of Culture, for presenting a legislation to create a Ministry of Cultures in Chile, declaring it as an important advance for the organisational structure of heritage, culture and arts institutions. Other issues, such as preventing trafficking of cultural goods, creative industries, culinary heritage, and registrations as Memory of the World were also discussed.

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