08.01.2010 -

UNESCO Director-General visits India

© UNESCOIrina Bokova during her first official visit to India as Director-General of UNESCO

Invited by the Indian Government to visit the country in order “to witness the transformation of India in all UNESCO’s core mandates”, Irina Bokova is paying her first official visit as Director-General of the Organization to the Republic of India from 10 to 13 January 2010.

A founder member of UNESCO, India carries forward the Organization’s work on the scale of its one billion-plus population. Its emphasis on building inclusive, ICT-based knowledge societies offers a model of effective response to the rapid mutations of the modern world. Reflecting the Director-General’s vision of a new humanism, India’s efforts to effect its own transformation, placing education at the heart of development, go hand in hand with its commitment to international dialogue and cooperation.  

During her visit, Mrs Bokova is due to meet with Mr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India; Mr Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna, Minister of External Affairs; Mr Kapil Sibal, Minister of Human Resource Development and Chairperson of the Indian National Commission for UNESCO; Dr Karan Singh, India’s Representative on UNESCO’s Executive Board, as well as the UN Country Team in India. 

The Director-General will deliver a Silver Jubilee lecture at the Indira Gandhi National Open University in New Delhi. Mrs Bokova’s schedule also includes visits to historical sites in Jaipur and Mahabalipuram, a cultural programme in Auroville and a visit to Bangalore to see innovative uses of ICT in education.

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