10.09.2010 - ODG

Director-General makes official visit to Greece

© UNESCO/Mercedes Ruiz Molero - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova with Philippos Petsalnikos, President of the Parliament of the Hellenic Republic, during her official visit to the country on 10 September 2010

Between 9 and 11 September 2010, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova is on her first official visit to Greece since taking office. She is meeting Greek President Karolos Papoulias, President of the Parliament Philippos Petsalnikos and cabinet ministers.

Irina Bokova is also one of the keynote speakers at the UNESCO Future Forum on 'Gender Equality: the Missing Link? Rethinking the International Agreed Development Goals beyond 2015' launched in Athens on 9 September. The three-day forum, co-organized by the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO, offers an opportunity to reassess the Millennium Development Goals and scale up efforts to reinforce the link between gender equality, development and peace.

Addressing the event Irina Bokova said: “Gender equality can be seen as integral to the culture of peace. As agents of change and decision-makers, women are arguably the missing link between us and the more prosperous, equitable and peaceful future to which we all aspire”.

Other high-level personalities attending the forum are Greek Minister for Culture Pavlos Geroulanos, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, Spanish Minister of Equality Bibiana Aido Almagros, Education for All–Fast Track Initiative Chair and former UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy.

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