03.09.2013 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Representatives from 15 countries in Latin America strengthen their cooperation with UNESCO


In Quito, 15 National UNESCO Commissions in Latin America came together to strengthen their partnerships and to promote the participation of society and the private sector in education, science, culture and communication programs.

The Deputy Director General for External Relations and Public Information of UNESCO, Eric Falt, stated that this seminar is an opportunity to share information, develop best practices and strengthen the cooperation between UNESCO and Member States in Latin America through its national committees. He also emphasized that it is the right time to work together to build the new strategic directions that should be approved at the next UNESCO General Conference, to be held in November 2013.

“National Commissions are the bridges and links between the Organization's mandate and the needs of the countries in the UNESCO work areas. This partnership will help reach the Millennium Development Goals and the Education for All objectives regarding social equity, environmental sustainability and inclusive economic development” said Jorge Sequeira, director of the Regional Bureau of Education for UNESCO in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) and representative of the UNESCO Office in Quito (ai ).

Miriam Chacon, deputy vice minister of Education (Ecuador), participated in the opening ceremony on behalf of the Ministry of Education, and took the opportunity to stress the importance of starting long-term development processes to promote equity and to reduce gaps.

Jorge Parra, Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), assisted on behalf of the UN in Ecuador, and Amparo Naranjo participated as Permanent Secretary of the Ecuadorian National Commission for UNESCO.

The delegation of UNESCO in Paris includes Stoyan Bantchev , Head of Program Participation and Sophia The Akremi , Liaison Officer for Latin America.

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