07.09.2010 - ODG

Director-General holds discussions with Ministers on UNESCO/Norway cooperation

© UNESCO/Patricia Safi - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova after a bilateral meeting with Norway’s the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, during her official visit to the country on 6 September 2010

On her first official visit to Norway since taking office as Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova held fruitful meetings with the country’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Education, Higher Education and Research, Culture, as well as the Minister of the Environment and International Development, on 6 and 7 September 2010. She also had constructive discussions with Norwegian Parliamentarians.

During her talks with the Ministers and members of the Parliament, the Director-General expressed her appreciation for Norway’s active engagement in UNESCO’s activities and strong support for the Organization’s action in all its fields of competence.  Discussions focused on common areas of interest including joined activities related to education, culture, and the sciences. Irina Bokova highlighted the Organization’s enhanced contribution to UN Reform and adjustment to the ‘Delivering as One’ model.

Regarding the forthcoming High-Level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at UN Headquarters, Irina Bokova emphasized the importance of raising the profile of education and mobilizing further political momentum in order to achieve the education-related MDGs and the six Education for All goals, as well as highlighting the role of Culture in development,

Finally, the Director-General expressed her hopes to strengthen even further the cooperation with Norway and to conclude in the short term the Programme Cooperation Agreement for 2010-2011 that is currently under negotiation.

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