13.09.2010 - ODG

Irina Bokova holds bilateral meetings with Greek authorities

© UNESCO/Mercedes Ruiz Molero - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and Dimitris Droutsas, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, during her official visit to the country on 10 September 2010

On her first official visit to the Hellenic Republic between 9 and 11 September 2010, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova held bilateral meetings with Greek President Karolos Papoulias, the President of the Parliament Philippos Petsalnikos, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dimitris Droutsas, and the Minister of Education Anna Diamantopoulou.

During her stay, Irina Bokova also participated in the UNESCO Future Forum on ‘Gender Equality: the Missing Link? Rethinking the International Agreed Development Goals beyond 2015’, co-organized by the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO.

Throughout her meetings, the Director-General expressed her appreciation of the excellent cooperation existing between UNESCO and the Hellenic Republic.  She explained her vision for UNESCO and detailed her intention to strengthen the Organization’s visibility and increase its involvement in the international arena. Discussions focused on UNESCO’s fields of competence, particularly on culture-related matters such as cultural heritage and diversity, as well as dialogue among cultures and civilizations.  The Greek authorities ensured the Director-General of their support for UNESCO’s actions.

In her meetings with President Papoulias and Foreign Affairs Minister Droutsas, Irina Bokova highlighted the South-East European Summits of Heads of State, organized annually under the aegis of UNESCO, and underlined her commitment to maintain the Organization’s strong involvement in this forum.

Regarding the upcoming Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be held in New York (20-22 September), the Director-General underscored the importance of education while also emphasizing the vital role of culture for development. 

In addition to topics related to education and culture, Irina Bokova also recalled UNESCO’s significant actions in areas related to environmental protection and climate change – areas in which the Greek authorities agreed to seek further cooperation with the Organization.

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