29.10.2010 - ODG

Irina Bokova receives doctor honoris causa from the University St. Cyril and St. Methodius in Bulgaria

© St Cyril and St Methodius University - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova receiving a Doctorate Honoris causa from Plamen Legkostup, Rector of the St Cyril and St Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, at the award ceremony on 29 October 2010

“By discerning the title of doctor honoris causa to me, the University St. Cyril and St. Methodius pays tribute to the Organization which I lead: UNESCO,” said Irina Bokova, during the ceremony organized in her honor on 29 October 2010 in Veliko Tarnovo, the ancient capital of Bulgaria.

The Director-General received this distinction for her contribution to the development of educational policies and the preservation of world heritage. “At the international level, UNESCO is the only institution that works for the progress of humanity through education, culture and the sciences. These are the main pillars of society, across the globe,” said Irina Bokova.

In her speech, delivered in the presence of the mayor of Veliko Tarnovo, Mr Roumen Rashev, and the President of the University of Veliko Tarnovo, Mr Plamen Legkostup, as well as many professors and students, Irina Bokova outlined her vision of a new humanism for the 21st century and the role that UNESCO is called to play in its creation: “The new humanism is an ethic of international solidarity, it is also a daily commitment to defend the dignity of every individual, their fundamental rights, and most of all the right to freedom, access to knowledge and to adequate living and well-being. These are the essential components of UNESCO's mandate.”

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