24.08.2011 - UNESCOPRESS

Leaders of South East Europe and Director-General of UNESCO meet in Serbia

© UNESCO - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova with Boris Tadic, President of Serbia, and other participants of the 9th Regional Summit of Heads of State of South East Europe held in Belgrade on 2 September 2011

The 9th Regional Summit of Heads of State of South East Europe, convened by Boris Tadić, President of Serbia, and Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, will take place on 1 and 2 September in Belgrade and the Viminacium archaeological site, in the Republic of Serbia.

Nine Heads of State and Government* were invited to this year’s summit which will focus on “Contemporary art and reconciliation in South East Europe.”

During the event, the Director-General of UNESCO will advocate for a new impetus to be given to regional cooperation projects. Under the banner of “Culture: a Bridge to Development”, UNESCO is seeking to promote creative initiatives that draw on the power of culture to drive social, economic and human development.

UNESCO, which has been piloting reconstruction and reconciliation projects in the region since the early 1990s, will seek support for a range of cross-border projects to preserve and promote the region’s tangible and intangible heritage; contemporary and folk culture; contemporary art; and cultural industries as motors for development. Particular emphasis is to be given to projects that create employment.

The Heads of State are expected to adopt a Declaration at the end of their meeting. A press conference will be hosted by the President of the Republic of Serbia and the Director-General of UNESCO on 2 September (4 p.m.).


                                           Media accreditation

Mr Bojan, Protocol of the President of the Republic of Serbia, tel: +381 11 323 63 30, +381 11 322 61 28, fax:+381 11 361 78 65, protokol(at)predsednik.rs


* Bamir Topi, Albania; Željko Komšić, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Georgi Parvanov, Bulgaria; Ivo Josipovic, Croatia; Gjorge Ivanov, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Karolos Papoulias, Hellenic Republic Greece; Marian Lupu, Moldova; Filip Vujanovic, Montenegro; Traian Basescu, Romania; Boris Tadić, Serbia; Danilo Turk, Slovenia; and Abdullah Gül, Turkey.

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