17.04.2014 - ODG

The Director-General of UNESCO visits Belarus, Russia and Ukraine

From 18 to 22 April, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will undertake visits to the Republic of Belarus, the Russian Federation and to Ukraine.

During her visit to Belarus, from 18 to 19 April, Irina Bokova is expected to meet with the Prime Minister of Belarus, Mikhail Myasnikovich, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vladimir Makei, and Ministers responsible for relations with UNESCO.  She will also meet with Belarusian UNESCO Clubs and Associated Schools, as well as the National Commission of the Republic of Belarus for UNESCO. The Director-General will visit the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre, where she will present the UNESCO Five Continents Medal to the Theatre in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the performing arts.

The programme will also feature a visit to the iconic Mir Castle Complex, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2000 as an exceptional example of a Central European castle, reflecting in its design and layout successive cultural Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance influences.

On 21st April, during her official visit to Russia, the Director-General is expected to meet with the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Medinsky and the President of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Yegor Borisov, the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General, Vladimir Fortov. The celebration of the 60th anniversary of the membership of the Russian Federation in UNESCO will take place in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia and President of the Commission of the Russian Federation to UNESCO, Sergey Lavrov, and members of the State Duma.

On 22 April, the Director-General will visit Ukraine to discuss the bilateral cooperation between UNESCO and Ukraine and its future prospects.

Irina Bokova is expected to meet with the Prime Minister, Areseniy Yatseniuk, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andriy Deschytsya, and the Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine. The Organization enjoys fruitful cooperation with the country in various UNESCO priority areas, such as Education for All, the Man and the Biosphere Programme as well as the protection of cultural heritage. Moreover, UNESCO is associated with the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of birth of Taras Shevchenko in 2014.

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