Director-General takes part in ISESCO’s 11th session of the General Conference
UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova took part in the opening of the 11th session of the General Conference of the International Islamic Organization for Education, Science and Culture (ISESCO), held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on 1st December.
Expressing the need to deepen cooperation between UNESCO and ISESCO, the Director-General stressed that “the two Organizations share core principles and are working together to support peaceful transformation in transition countries and to mobilize culture for peace, development and social inclusion”.
During her visit, the Director-General had the opportunity to meet with several ministers, who were present at the General Conference of ISESCO. In her meeting with the Minister of Higher Education of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Khaled Alankari, they decided to further develop cooperation in the field of higher education and advance in the signing of 3 UNESCO Chairs.
The Director-General also met with Dr. Ali Ben Abdelkhalek Al-Karni, Director-General of ABEGS (Bureau of Education for the Gulf States). In the framework of the agreement signed between UNESCO and ABEGS in 2009, they decided to establish an action plan in order to strengthen cooperation between the two organizations.
The Director-General also met with Dr. Khalid Al Sabti, Vice-Minister of Education, and Mr. Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaammar, Secretary General of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue. Mr Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaammar highlighted the need to strengthen cooperation between the centre, that is located in the heart of Vienna, and UNESCO.