29.04.2010 - ODG

Director-General pays official visit to Singapore

© UNESCO/Amita VohraUNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during her first official visit to Singapore

From 30 April to 1 May 2010, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova is undertaking an official visit to Singapore, which is the first stop of her first official tour of the Asia-Pacific region that also includes Australia and the Solomon Islands.

During this two-day visit, the Director-General is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, Rear Admiral Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, and Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister of Education and Chairman of the Singapore National commission for UNESCO.

Irina Bokova will deliver a public lecture on “UNESCO’s role in the 21st century: Education, Science, and Culture for sustainable development, peace and dialogue,” following which a question-and-answer session will be held. This event will take place at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and participants shall include public officials, civil servants, diplomats, researchers, students, and the UN community at large.

On 30 April, the Director-General will be attending a session of the Conference “Asia Vision 21 – Values, Conflicts, and Change in Asia”, organized by the Harvard University Asia Centre, to which the Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Dr Surin Pitsuwan, is the keynote speaker.

As part of her official activities, the Director-General will also visit the National Institute of Education (NIE), an autonomous institute of Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

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