The Director-General in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
From 15 to 17 June 2010, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova paid her first official visit to the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.
The Director-General had fruitful discussions with Dr Abdelkébir Mohamad Fakhiri, Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research, regarding ICT capacity building for higher education personnel. Mr Abdelmajid Al-Gaoud, Libyan Minister of Agriculture, Animal and Maritime Resources, expressed his appreciation for UNESCO’s support of water-management issues and recalled UNESCO’s valuable assistance in the Great Man-Made River project, the largest engineering scheme carried out in the world at the time.
In her meeting with the Foreign Minister, Mr Moussa Mohamad Koussa, the Director-General highlighted that Libya is an important partner for UNESCO and noted the significance of enhancing mutual cooperation, notably through the Libyan Fund for Assistance and Development.
Irina Bokova also met with Mr Mohamed Al-Madani Al-Azhari, Secretary-General of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD). They discussed possible ways of cooperating in shared fields of interest in the sub-region and in Africa. Furthermore, the Director-General held a productive meeting with the Secretary-General of the World Islamic Call Society, Mr Mohamed A. El-Sherif, during which the two discussed the importance of dialogue among civilizations, promoting tolerance and mutual understanding, and pledged to increase their collaboration in these areas.
At the closing ceremony of the Regional Conference on the Pedagogical Use of the General History of Africa, the Director-General emphasized the importance of UNESCO’s General History of Africa project for the African continent and for the world. Recalling that “Africa is the cradle of humankind,” she underscored that promoting the use of this collection as an education tool “is a formidable opportunity to develop a pan-African vision that also highlights the contribution of African cultures and civilizations to humankind.”
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