15.10.2011 - ODG

Close collaboration between UNESCO and the United States is more important than ever, says Irina Bokova in Washington, D.C.

On 13 and 14 October 2011, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova was in Washington, D.C. to meet with a number of United States officials and partner institutions with the aim of enhancing cooperation and furthering US engagement with the Organization.

During her mission, the Director-General underlined the important role the United States plays with UNESCO to advance shared goals such as fighting extremism and intolerance, promoting freedom of expression and building democratic societies. She laid emphasis on strengthening sustainable development, notably by advancing UNESCO’s priority focus on Africa through strategies and programmes for literacy, girls’ education and clean water.

Irina Bokova held meetings with Members of Congress and officials from the National Security Council and the Department of State, as well as with UNESCO partners, such as the UN Foundation, the Heritage Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution.

During her meetings, the Director-General underlined the importance of the strong engagement of the United States to advance UNESCO’s core priorities --notably through partnerships with Procter & Gamble and Packard Foundation in promoting girls’ education in Africa, with Cisco, Microsoft, Intel and Apple iTunes in advancing ICTs for education, with the UN Foundation in sustainable development, notably by safeguarding world heritage sites.

Throughout her mission, the Director-General stressed that the US-UNESCO relationship was more important than ever in a globalized world in order to advance dialogue, tolerance and anti-racism to help build inclusive democratic societies.

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