06.08.2012 - ODG

Myanmar: Director-General to Express Support for Ongoing Reforms

In her first visit to Myanmar from 7 to 10 August, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will express her support to the country’s democratic reforms and discuss measures to better assist authorities in addressing key priorities, including education, cultural heritage, media freedom and resilience in the face of natural disasters.

During her visit, the Director-General will meet with President U Thein Sein, the chairperson of the National League for Democracy and Member of Parliament Aung San Suu Kyi, and all ministers linked to UNESCO’s areas of competence.   She will visit the Bagan Archaoelogical Area, a complex of more than 2,500 Buddhist monuments nominated on the tentative World Heritage List, and address students and faculty at the Yangon Institute of Teachers’ Education in Yangon.

UNESCO has a Project Antenna Office in Yangon established following Cyclone Nargis in 2009. It is actively participating in the dialogue on reforms and is present through a range of projects, including strengthening of teacher education, HIV prevention among youth, capacity-building for safeguarding cultural heritage and support to media legislation and reform.

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