03.09.2012 - ODG

The Director-General receives the “Mediterranean Award for Cultural Heritage” by the Fondazione Mediterraneo for her work in favor of the protection of cultural heritage worldwide

© UNESCO/Paola Leoncini-Bartoli

On the occasion of her visit to Naples, the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova, was awarded the Mediterranean Award for Cultural Heritage 2012 by Mr. Michele Capasso, President of the Mediterranean Foundation, for her commitment and active engagement for the protection and conservation of cultural heritage worldwide. This Prize recognized UNESCO’s leading work to advocate for the role of cultural heritage as a tool for intercultural dialogue, reconciliation and peace.

The ceremony took place in the presence of Mr. Mohamed-El Aziz Ben Achour, Secretary-General of ALECSO. The President’s foundation also announced a partnership between ALECSO and the Foundation on intercultural education and training for youth in the Arab Region.

The Mediterranean Foundation is an international non-profit Organisation established in 1994 in Naples, with the aim of promoting dialogue and peace in the Mediterranean area. Its action focuses primarily on South-East Europe and the Arab Region. It works in cooperation with a number of countries of the Middle East, Gulf States and South East Europe, in order to promote international understanding through educational and cultural projects, with a particular emphasis on gender equality.

During the ceremony, the United States of America State Secretary, Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton, was also awarded in absentia the Mediterranean  Award for Diplomacy “for her actions to promote a new direction for USA policy in the Mediterranean Region”.

Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto received the Mediterranean Award for Information, following her death while reporting during the conflict in Syria. In addition, Sister Maria Pia Giudici was presented with the Mediterranean Award for Inter-religious dialogue for her dedication to peace and dialogue between different faiths.




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