29.08.2017 - ODG

Director-General to Inaugurate New UNESCO Premises in India

From 30 August to 2 September 2017, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, is undertaking an official visit to India, during which she will attend the inauguration of the premises of the UNESCO New Delhi Office, made possible thanks to the generous contribution of India and its Ministry of Human Resource Development. The ceremony will take place in the presence of H.E. Shri Prakash Javedakar, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr Karan Singh, Member of Rajya Sabha and of UNESCO’s Executive Board, and Mr Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founder of Bachpan Baacho Andolan.

During her official visit, the Director-General will take stock of the fruitful partnership between UNESCO and India and explore areas to strengthen it. She is expected to meet with a number of high-level government officials including the Minister for Human Resource Development and President of the UNESCO National for UNESCO, Prakash Javadekar; the Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhu, the Minister of State for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma.

The Director-General will also address the closing session of an event on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) through education, organized by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), in New Delhi, and the closing session of the Regional Consultation of UNESCO National Commissions in South Asia. She will also participate in an event entitled “Talking Across Generations on Education”, organized by MGIEP, which will focus on ‘Harnessing the Indian youth demographic bulge for a true dividend: Vision to Action for 21st Century’.

While in India, Irina Bokova will also travel to Gujarat to hand over the World Heritage certificate for the newly inscribed World Heritage Site of the Historic City of Ahmadabad, to Shri Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat. She also visit the Rani-ki-Vav (Queen’s Stepwell), a World Heritage Site located in Patan.




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