UNESCO and Peru, Connected by Culture
On Tuesday, 20 September 2011, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and Rafael Roncagliolo Orbegoso, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru, met in New York on the margins of the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Their discussion focused on Peru’s valuable engagement within UNESCO’s Governing Bodies and in its Conventions in the field of culture. The country’s actions with regard to cultural diversity and culture for development were also discussed.
The Director-General commended Minister Roncagliolo Orbegoso for Peru’s long-standing promotion and support for cultural heritage, exemplified by World Heritage sites such as Machu Pichu. She emphasized Peru was the first in the world to establish a Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, in Cusco, and highlighted the country’s successful models for sustainable cultural industries and tourism.
Irina Bokova expressed UNESCO’s gratitude for Peru’s assistance to the Organization’s efforts in advocating for the central role of culture in development, both economic and social. She underscored that Peru was instrumental in the UN General Assembly adopting a Resolution on this issue in 2010.
Noting the UN Secretary-General’s Report on Culture and development, which UNESCO is coordinating, the Foreign Minister assured the Director-General that Peru will continue to be a strong supporter.
Irina Bokova and the Minister also exchanged views about UNESCO’s 1970 Convention and the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural objects. They agreed to explore further concrete actions and creative solutions to strengthen the international cooperation needed for prevention as well as restitution.