09.12.2013 - UNESCO Office in Tehran

Putting Culture at the Heart of Development

Building on UNESCO’s longstanding advocacy to demonstrate and emphasize a link between culture and development, Mr Hiranand Purkait, Officer-in-Charge of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office (UTCO) had a courtesy meeting with His Excellency Mr. Mohammad Ali Najafi, Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Chairman of Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) and discussed means to strengthen the cooperation between UNESCO and the ICHHTO.

In this meeting, Mr. Purkait informed His Excellency Mr. Najafi about the activities of the UTCO in the field of Culture and also informed about the release of a recent publication, “United Nations Creative Economy Report 2013 Special Edition- widening local development pathways”, which highlights the contribution of creative industries to national economies. Mr. Purkait further informed that UTCO is in the process of getting this important report translated into Farsi for wider dissemination in the country.


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