Irina Bokova meets UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prior to the MDG Summit 2010
On Sunday, 19 September 2010, the eve of the High-level Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York (MDG Summit), UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Joseph Deiss, President of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly to discuss UNESCO’s contribution to the MDG Summit, particularly in education and culture.
The UN Secretary-General acknowledged UNESCO’s vital role in the MDG Summit and commended it for organizing two high-level side events on education and the role of culture in development.
“UNESCO has consistently advocated for the role of culture as an integral part of development and its contribution to the achievements of the MDGs,” Irina Bokova stated, noting that the MDG Outcome Document recognizes for the first time the importance of culture in development as well as a strengthened endorsement of the two education-related MDGs.
Irina Bokova briefed the Secretary-General on her recent visit to Pakistan and reviewed plans to implement UNESCO projects included in the revised United Nations Pakistan Floods Response Plan. The projects – totalling an estimated US$11.2 million – are to implement a series of activities including updating Pakistan’s early warning system for floods and locating sources of safe drinking water, reactivating education in flood-stricken areas, creating jobs linked to preservation of heritage sites and setting up mobile community radios for displaced communities.
The Director-General discussed with the President of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, UNESCO’s strategic priorities and expressed her firm commitment to reinforce the dialogue with Member States on agenda items in UNESCO’s areas of competence, especially literacy, education for sustainable development, inter-cultural dialogue and communication for development.
Also on 19 September, the Director-General participated in the high-level ministerial meeting on Pakistan’s flood crisis.