25.01.2011 - ODG

“Education is vital for sustainable development” says Irina Bokova in Oman

© Ministry of Education of Oman - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova meeting with Mr Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al-Saisd, Minister of Culture and Heritage of Oman, during her official visit to the country on 24 January 2011

On the second day of her official visit to the Sultanate of Oman, 24 January 2011, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova met with high-level government authorities and opened the ‘Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Support of Cultural and Biological Diversity’.

In her address, Irina Bokova underlined that sustainable development requires a multi-disciplinary approach, with education playing a key part in bringing it together.  She highlighted the importance of building links between education for sustainable development and cultural and biological diversity.

“Developing sustainably is one of the most important tasks we face today. This challenge raises complex questions of global governance. (…) As the Sultanate of Oman is showing, national leadership is also vital to develop more sustainable societies. At the same time, sustainability starts with each of us. It starts with our attitudes and our behaviours. Education is vital in this respect,” she stated.

"Sustainable development needs to build on cultural and biological diversity. UNESCO has been a pioneer in arguing this case. Our thinking is clear: societies and ecosystems are more resilient when they make the most of their diversity”, she added.

Following the opening of the conference, the Director-General met with Mr Yahya Saud Al-Sulaimi, Minister of Education of Oman, and signed a plan of action for future cooperation between UNESCO and Oman.

Irina Bokova also held bilateral meetings with Mr Abdul Aziz Al-Rawas, Advisor to His Majesty the Sultan for Cultural Affairs and with Mr Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al-Saisd, Minister of Culture and Heritage of Oman.




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