UNESCO Director-General meets Greek Prime Minister at UN General Assembly
During a brief meeting on the margins of the United Nations Millenium Development Goals Summit, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou discussed central issues addressed by the Summit, in particular education for all and education for girls.
The Director-General also presented the Prime Minister with a copy of the proceedings of the recent UNESCO Future Forum, on “Gender Equality: The Missing Link”, which was held in Athens from 9-11 September.
At the opening of this Forum, Irina Bokova stated that: “It is increasingly clear that a cross-cutting approach to gender equality is essential not only to the realization of women’s rights, but to the achievement of the wider goals of development and peace. [...] We need to rethink internationally agreed development goals in terms of the missing link of gender equality with a view to ensuring that women’s rights and potential are woven into the social and cultural fabric of all nations. All the development goals reinforce each other, but none can be reached without empowering girls.”
The Director-General invited Prime Minister Papandreou to visit UNESCO Headquarters at a convenient occasion in the near future, which he accepted.