14.09.2011 - ODG

Convergence and cooperation are key words in the bilateral meeting between Irina Bokova and Alassane Ouattara, President of Côte d'Ivoire

© UNESCO/Danica Bijeljac - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova holding a bilateral meeting with Alassane Ouattara, President of Côte d’Ivoire on 13 September 2011

On Tuesday, 13 September 2011, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, met with Alassane Ouattara, President of Côte d’Ivoire, on the occasion of his participation in the awarding ceremony of UNESCO’s Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize at the Organization’s Headquarters on 14 September.

The Director-General commended President Ouattara on his election and explained how Africa is of great significance to UNESCO. The meeting was characterized by important convergences of points of view on the needs and priorities for cooperation in UNESCO’s areas of competence.

Discussions focused on programmes regarding a culture of peace as well as education and training. The role of communication and information, notably in electoral processes, and strengthening the Organization's presence on the ground were also particularly emphasized.

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