Philippines’ House of Representatives Honours Director-General
The House of Representatives of the Philippines adopted Resolution No. 98 commending Irina Bokova for “her outstanding leadership as the first woman Director-General of UNESCO,” a distinction presented to her by Feliciano Belmonte, speaker of the House, in Manila, Philippines on 24 March 2011.
The Director-General accepted the resolution as a “big honour and an important recognition for the Organization. As a former parliamentarian, I have great respect for what you do, for being so close to the people and knowing their needs.”
The Resolution states that the Director-General’s years of outstanding public service, experience in governance and distinguished work in international relations are her best assets for pursuing UNESCO’s vision of solidarity for the creation of a more democratic and humane world. It further commends the Director-General for affirming the centrality of education in the pursuit of human development, and praises UNESCO’s role in promoting cultural diversity and encouraging the participation of disadvantaged communities in international democratic dialogue.
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