03.06.2016 - ODG

UNESCO and the International Organization serving Ibero-America agree to strengthen cooperation

©UNESCO/Landry Rukingamubiri - Rebeca Gyrnspan, Secretary-General of the Ibero-American Secretariat General, and Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, at the Organisation's Headquarters, in Paris, on 3 June 2016

“We share the same vision of culture as a driver for development and to build more inclusive societies”, said today Director-General, Irina Bokova, at UNESCO Headquarters on the occasion of the visit of Ms. Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General of the Secretaria General Iberoamericana (SEGIB). Both organizations will join efforts in areas of common interest such as promoting cultural diversity, sustaining social transformations, youth empowerment, higher education, and safeguarding intangible cultural heritage.

The peace process in Colombia was among the various topics of discussion. In this respect, Ms. Grynspan invited the Director-General to attend the XXV Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government on Youth, Entrepreneurship and Education, to be held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on 28-29 October 2016. The Secretary-General also invited Ms. Bokova to the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the Cultural Chart for Ibero America which is to take place in Uruguay in November this year.

“Culture is the backbone of our Organization”, declared Ms. Grynspan, adding that "language and culture are what brings us together".

Irina Bokova emphasized that “Latin America is a success story regarding culture” and stated that UNESCO has a longstanding tradition in “helping countries find new roads for integration and development through culture”.

Composed of 22 countries – 19 Spanish and Portuguese countries in Latin America and Caribbean (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Cuba) plus Spain, Portugal and Andorra – the Ibero-American Secretariat General (SEGIB) contributes to reinforce ties between its members and promote cooperation in the areas of education, social cohesion and culture.

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