05.11.2010 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General Attends UNAIDS and Rio+20 Meetings at the United Nations

© UNESCO/Cynthia Guttman - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova with Raj Raina and Yash Sath, winners of the Siemens "We can change the world" challenge, at the launch of the book "Tomorrow Today: Learning to build a sustainable future" at the United Nations in New York on 4 November 2010

Director-General Irina Bokova joined several United Nations agency heads in endorsing the Strategic Plan of UNAIDS from 2011 to 2015 at a meeting in New York on 4 November 2010.

“UNESCO welcomes the strategic directions of this Plan, in particular the focus on gender equality and Africa,” said Ms Bokova. “We strongly concur with the importance given to HIV prevention, to which UNESCO is contributing through leadership of the UNAIDS initiative ‘EDUCAIDS’.”

The Executive Heads of UNDP, UNFPA and WHO were among the participants at this 34th meeting of the Committee of Cosponsoring Organizations of UNAIDS.

The same day, the Director-General presented UNESCO’s four-fold contribution to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20 – to be held in Brazil in 2012.

Speaking to the Bureau of the Conference that gathers elected members from 10 countries and a large number of United Nations agencies, the Director-General said that “we have to switch from science for society to science with society” through promoting science, technology and innovation for sustainable development, the first area of UNESCO’s work. The educational, cultural and ethical dimensions of sustainable development are the three other areas that UNESCO will be promoting in the lead-up to the Conference. 

Finally, the Director-General launched “Tomorrow, Today,” a publication that provides a panorama of trends, actions and commitments illustrating how education for sustainable development is being put into practice across the world.

The Director-General held a private meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the wake of his trip to Asia.

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