24.10.2011 - ODG

The Director-General extends her condolences on the death of Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia

© UNESCO/Michel RavassardIrina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, expressed deep sadness at the news that His Royal Highness Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia, had passed away on Saturday 22 October 2011.

“UNESCO has lost a great friend and great supporter of its programmes and activities,” said Irina Bokova.

Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud contributed to improving multilingualism by offering a special contribution of USD 3 million to strengthen the use of the Arabic language at UNESCO. Arabic is one of the six official languages of the Organization. The contribution of the Prince Sultan has consolidated the Arabic language’s presence in UNESCO’s activities and communication, such as in its web portal, as well as its social media platform.

“My profound sympathies and heartfelt condolences to you, the family of Prince Sultan, as well as the Government and peoples of the Kindgom of Saudi Arabia,” wrote the Director-General on a letter to King Abdallah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saoud.

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