27.09.2010 - ODG

Director-General opens the World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education in Moscow

© Courtesy of AZERTAG - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova opening the first ever ‘World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education’ (WCECCE) in Moscow, Russian Federation, on 27 September 2010

Between 26 and 30 September 2010, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova is in Moscow, Russian Federation, where she opened the first ever ‘World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education’ (WCECCE) at Moscow’s Centre of International Trade, in the morning of Monday, 27 September.

In her address, Irina Bokova urged participants that “this Conference must give a fresh impetus to early childhood care and education worldwide. Every country that is committed to inclusion, growth and social justice should have strong national early childhood care and education policies in place. They are the bedrock of a prosperous future.” Noting that early childhood care and education programs yield greater investment returns than any other level of education, she underscored: “we are here today to map a course of action that will raise the profile of early childhood programmes on national and international agendas and lead to more and better learning opportunities for young children.”

Also present at the opening of the World Conference were Mr Danny Faure, Vice-President of Seychelles, Ms Mehriban Aliyeva, First Lady of Azerbaijan and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Mr Andrei Fursenko, the Russian Federation’s Minister of Education, Mr Yuri Lujkov, Mayor of Moscow, and Ms Eleonora Mitrofanova, Chairperson of UNESCO’s Executive Board.

On the margins of the Conference, the Director-General met with the Minister of Education of the Russian Federation, Mr Andrei Fursenko. Discussions focused on reinforcing the cooperation between the Russian Federation and UNESCO, particularly in the field of education and follow-up to the WCEECE. Irina Bokova emphasized the importance of giving greater priority to education on the international agenda. To this end, she expressed appreciation for Russian support, notably during the country’s chairmanship of the G8 meeting in 2006. She also reiterated her conviction that education should be included on the G20 agenda.

Following the opening ceremony, the Director-General is scheduled to meet with the Russian Federation’s First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrey Denisov. Also on Monday, Irina Bokova will sign a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Government of the Yaroslavl Region, give a press conference at ITAR-TASS News Agency, meet with the chief editors of the Russian printed press, and assist a children’s concert at the Kremlin on the occasion of the Conference.

On Tuesday, 28 September, the Director-General will hold bilateral meetings with local business leaders, with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia, and with UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Zurab Tsereteli. She will participate in the Second Russian Congress of UNESCO Chairs at the Russian Academy of Civil Service, where she will sign the creation of a UNESCO Chair in Modern Innovation and Information Technologies in Higher Professional Education, with the rector of the State Tax Academy of the Ministry of Finance. 

On Wednesday, 29 September, other than taking part in the World Conference, Irina Bokova will deliver a speech at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations – University of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (MGIMO) and receive an Honorary Doctor’s Degree from its Rector, Mr Anatoly Torkunov. The Director-General is a graduate of the Institute.


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