06.09.2010 - ODG

The Director-General pays official visit to Oslo, Norway

© UNESCO/Patricia Safi - Irina Bokova after a bilateral meeting with Norway’s Minister of the Environment and International Development, Erik Solheim

© UNESCO/Patricia Safi - Irina Bokova with members of the Norwegian Parliament, namely: Ine M. Eriksen Soreide, Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Marianne Aasen, Chair of the Standing Committee on Education, Research and Church Affairs.

Between 5 and 7 September 2010, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova is making an official visit to Oslo, Norway, during which she is scheduled to hold talks with the Norwegian Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Education, Culture, as well as the Minister of the Environment and International Development. During her visit, Irina Bokova will meet other local authorities, visit the Nobel Peace Centre, and take part in a panel debate about development and peace.

On Monday, 6 September, the Director-General will hold a bilateral meeting with Norway’s Minister of the Environment and International Development, Erik Solheim, as well as with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, and with the Minister of Culture, Anniken Huitfeldt.

Together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Irina Bokova will participate in a Panel Debate chaired by the Director of the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo, Kristian Berg Harpviken. The Panel debate will address the relationship between development and peace while exploring UNESCO’s role in reaching the UN millennium goals.

Also on Monday, the Director-General will visit the Norwegian Parliament and have a meeting with the Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, Ine M. Eriksen Søreide, as well as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Education, Research and Church Affairs, Marianne Aasen.  At the end of the day, Irina Bokova will meet with the President of the Oslo Centre for Peace and Human Rights, Kjell Magne Bondevik.

On Tuesday, 7 September, Irina Bokova will meet with Norway’s Minister of Education, Kristin Halvorsen, and with the Minister of Research and Higher Education, Tora Aasland. 

Concluding her official visit to the country, the Director-General will visit the Nobel Peace Centre, accompanied by its Director, Bente Erichsen; take a tour of the new Oslo Opera House with the Director-General of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Tom Remlov; and pay a visit to an educational institution with State Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Research, Lisbeth Rugtvedt.




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