15.11.2015 - UNESCOPRESS

World Leaders to mark UNESCO’s 70th Anniversary standing for human rights and against violent extremism

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In the coming two days, 10 country representatives will participate in the Organization’s Leaders’ Forum, marking UNESCO’s 70th Anniversary, taking a stand for human rights and human dignity and against violent extremism in the wake of the Paris attacks.

The Leaders’ Forum, a part of the  38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO, will be introduced by General Conference President Stanley Mutumba Simataa and Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, at the start of the morning session at 10 am on 16 November.
Barring last minute changes, country representatives will take the floor between 10 am to 1 pm for:

  • Bulgaria
  • The Republic of Cameroon
  • The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Libya
  • The Republic of Lithuania
  • The Republic of India.

In the afternoon, three former Director-Generals of UNESCO, Mr. Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow, Mr. Federico Mayor and Mr. Kochiro Matsuura, will address the plenary and reflect on the significance of the 70th anniversary of UNESCO.

The evening commemoration will begin at 7 pm in Room I with a short performance by the World Orchestra for Peace. Musicians representing 19 nationalities will play works by Samuel Barber and Tchaikovsky – and their performance will be dedicated to the families and to the memory of those killed in the terrorist attacks on Friday.

A live architectural projection on the facades of UNESCO’s Headquarters, entitled "Mosaic of Change," will be unveiled at 8:30 pm.

On 17 November, country representatives for the following countries are expected to take the floor between 3pm and 5pm:

  • The Slovak Republic
  • The Republic of Azerbaijan
  • The Republic of Malta
  • The French Republic.

The day and evening program will be webcast.

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Journalists wishing to attend the Leaders’ Forum should register online.

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