15.06.2010 - ODG

Director-General meets representatives of the three 2010 European Capitals of Culture

On 15 June 2010, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova attends a presentation at UNESCO’s Headquarters of the three 2010 European Capitals of Culture – Pécs in Hungary, the German city of Essen and Istanbul, Turkey.

“The European City of Culture” project was launched in 1985 by the European Union Member States on the initiative of Ms Melina Mercouri, former Minister of Culture of Greece (1981-1989). It aims to highlight the richness and diversity of European cultures, as well as to promote greater mutual knowledge and understanding among Europe’s citizens. The initiative is in keeping with the spirit of the UN International Year for the Rapprochement of cultures.

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