21.09.2012 - ODG

Director-General meets the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the General Assembly prior to the 67th session of the General Assembly

© UNESCO -UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova with Mr Vuk Jeremić, President of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly, New York, September 2012

During her visit in New York on the occasion of the 67th session of the General Assembly, the Director-General met with the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director. The discussion focused on the strengthening of the coordination within the UN system, in particular the Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). At the last CEB meeting, UN Secretary-General had asked UNESCO Director-General and UNFPA Executive Director to lead the review of the functioning of the CEB.

Following the meeting, the Director-General met with Vuc Jeremic, the President of the General Assembly. Ms Bokova and Mr. Jeremic had a far-reaching exchange on issues to be addressed by the General Assembly in 2012 and 2013 and the contribution of UNESCO, particularly in culture and education. The Director-General invited the President to consider devoting one of his thematic debates to Culture, as a driver for development, with a view to contributing to the Post-2015 agenda.  

The Director-General also met with Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. During the meeting, Ms Bokova congratulated Ms Zerrougui on her appointment and reiterated UNESCO’s commitment to work closely with her office. The discussion focused on the follow-up and implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1998 on the protection of children in armed conflict, which was adopted shortly after the publication of the 2011 UNESCO Global Monitoring Report on Education for All on the hidden crisis of education in conflict.

On the same day, Irina Bokova gave the keynote address, opening the 7th Annual Blouin Creative Leadership Summit, held at the Metropolitan Club in New York.

Speaking before a room filled to capacity by high level representatives of business, the arts, government and academia, the Director-General spoke of the importance of culture in a world changing quickly.

"Culture is what makes us who we are, it gives us strength, it is a wellspring of innovation and creativity, and it provides answers to many of the challenges we face today," declared the Director-General. "We must do far more to place culture at the heart of the global sustainability agenda, and UNESCO is working hard to do so, at the global level and on the ground across the world."

The Blouin Creative Leadership brings together top officials, experts, business people and artists from across the world to explore solutions to the challenges facing all socieites today.

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