04.11.2010 - UNESCOPRESS

UNESCO responding to crisis in Benin

Following the heavy loss in human lives and extensive damage caused by recent floods in Benin, a UNESCO mission led by Bernard Hadjadj, Director a.i. of the Bureau of Field Coordination, visited the country from 2 to 5 November. Mr Hadjadj and the director of the UNESCO Office in Accra (Ghana), Elizabeth Moundo, were received immediately upon arrival by President Yayi Boni, to whom they gave the Director-General’s message of support.

The members of the mission met with national authorities – the foreign minister and ministers of primary and secondary education, energy and water, and the environment - and with representatives of other United Nations agencies based in Benin. They will now make recommendations to UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on what UNESCO can contribute to ongoing relief efforts by the government and its partners.

             At the same time, the Director General allocated urgent aid to Benin to help rehabilitate devastated educational facilities and get children back to school as quickly as possible

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