21.11.2016 - ODG

Director-General in Athens to Open Conference on Welcoming Cities for Refugees

© UNESCO/Ania FreindorfIrina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

On 22 November, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, is undertaking a visit to Athens, Greece, on the occasion of the High-Level Conference “Welcoming Cities for Refugees: Promoting Inclusion and Protecting Rights”. She will open the Conference in the presence of H.E. Mr Prokópis Pavlópoulos, President of the Hellenic Republic, H.E. Ms Odeta Nishani, First Lady of the Republic of Albania, H.E. Ms Andri Anastasiadis, First Lady of the Republic of Cyprus, Ms Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, Founder of the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Mr Ioannis Mouzalas, Minister of Immigration Policy of Greece, and Mr Ioannis Amanatidis, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece.

The event aims to advance the debate on gaps in current responses to the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe and to enhance good governance initiatives at the city level. It is organized by UNESCO, the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation and the European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR). On the same occasion, the Director-General will receive the “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation” Award 2016, in recognition of UNESCO’s action for human dignity.

In the context of her official visit, the Director-General will have a meeting with H.E. President Pavlópoulos to discuss the cooperation between UNESCO and Greece and explore ways to further strengthen this cooperation across the Organization’s fields of competence.

While in Athens, the Director-General will give a lecture at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the oldest academic institution in Greece. The event will take place in the presence of Professor Meletios-Athanasios C. Dimopoulos, Rector of the University of Athens and Ms Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, Founder of the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.



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