26.04.2011 - ODG

Director-General Strengthens Relations with Parliamentarians during first visit to Romania

© Sova Liviu - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova with Mircea Geona, President of the Romanian Senate (to her right), Nicolae Manolescu, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Romania to UNESCO (second right of her), parliamentarians and senior officials, at Parliament Palace in Bucharest on 26 April 2011

On her first state visit to Romania from 25 to 27 April 2011, Director-General Irina Bokova will meet with President Traian Basescu, give an address to Parliament and discuss strengthened collaboration with the country's political leadership, including the Presidents of the Chamber of Deputies and of the Senate.

Romania's Legislative body is unique in the world for having created in 2008 a two-chamber joint parliamentary committee for UNESCO. This Committee plays a key role in advancing UNESCO's objectives and promoting the active engagement of parliamentarians from other countries in supporting the Organization's programmes.

During her visit, Ms Bokova will receive a doctor honoris causa from the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, and meet with the Minister of Education, who is also President of the Romanian National Commission for UNESCO.

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