The Director-General meets the Permanent Representatives of French-speaking countries to the United Nations
On 11 July 2014, during the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) session, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, met the Permanent Representatives of French-speaking countries to the United Nations in the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF) building in New York to discuss the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, including UNESCO’s priorities.
The Francophonie group at the United Nations was chaired by the Permanent Representative of Senegal to the United Nations, H.E. Mr Abdou Salam Dialo.
“The great Léopold Sedar Senghor considered that Francophonie held out ‘hope for brotherhood in a context of mutual respect and dialogue among cultures’. That message of peace amid cultural diversity is fully consonant with UNESCO’s mission. French is much more than a mere language, for it betokens a fount of values, a joint commitment to human rights and the promise of diversity shared by the two organizations – UNESCO and OIF”, said Ms Bokova.
The Ambassador of Senegal stressed that the Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova, keenly supported close and fruitful cooperation between the OIF and UNESCO and a post-2015 sustainable development agenda that comprised education, culture and development, water, the oceans, technology sharing and, above all, the protection of cultural and natural world heritage sites, especially those in conflict areas. He pledged the OIF group’s support for the priorities highlighted by the Director-General.
Lastly, the Director-General informed the audience of her decision to pay tribute to Abdou Diouf – “a man who had for many long years joined in the common struggle for cultural diversity and for human rights”.
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