23.05.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

UNESCO congratulates the African Union on its 50th Anniversary

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In advance of the 21st Summit of African Union, to be held in Addis Ababa on 19-27 May 2013, the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, presents her congratulations to all African women and men on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the African Union.

“The African Union is a force for solidarity and for peace across the continent,” said Irina Bokova. “For fifty years, it has promoted a more integrated and prosperous Africa -- this role is all the more essential at this time when Africa is rising. UNESCO has always stood with the cause of African unity, and it will continue to support pan-African cooperation and the African renaissance.”
As one of its global priorities, UNESCO has worked closely with the Organization of African Unity since its creation, supporting its work to deepen regional integration, pan-African cooperation and inclusive development.




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