In Montreal, the Director-General underlines UNESCO’s role in a changing economic order and the importance of oceans for biological diversity
On 9 June 2011, during her first official visit to Canada (8-11 June), UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova joined economic and political decision-makers from around the world at the 17th annual Conference of Montreal, organized by the International Economic Forum of the Americas to discuss the new economic order underway, its new realities and emerging models, as well as to set out new paths for growth.
Together with Mr Christopher Viehbacher, Chief Executive of Sanofi, the Director-General addressed a session under the theme of “Innovating to Succeed in a Changing Economic Order”. The Director-General focused her intervention on “A Changing Economic Order: Towards a New humanism?”
Irina Bokova met with Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity. They discussed biodiversity, climate change and other pressing issues involving UNESCO and the Convention, including the importance of oceans as a major link between climate change and biodiversity.
While in Montreal, the Director-General visited the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), where she met with the Institute’s staff and praised the excellent work they carry out. Noting the 10th anniversary celebration of the Institute’s move from Paris to Montreal, Irina Bokova thanked the Canadian Government for their solid continuous support.
The Director-General is also participating in the annual general meeting of the Canadian National Commission to UNESCO and taking part in the ceremony to handover trafficked cultural property from Canada to Bulgaria at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. The Director-General is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with John Baird, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Beverly Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, Daniel Jean, Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage, and Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montreal.