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Amadou Mahtar M'BOW's 90th Birthday

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On 31 May 2011, the Association of Former UNESCO Staff Members (AFUS) will celebrate the 90th birthday of former Director-General Amadou Mahtar M’Bow, who was born on 20 March 1921.
The one-day symposium will consist of testimony from former colleagues (regardless of whether they are members of AFUS), who will address different aspects of Mr. M’Bow’s contribution to the work of the Organization and that of the international community. The current Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova, as well as Mr. Federico Mayor, Director-General from 1987 to 1999, and Ms Eleonora Mitrofanova, Chairperson of the Executive Board, will take the floor in the opening session.


9:30 – 10:00: Welcome of participants and Introduction by Georges Kutukdjian, President of AFUS

10:00 – 10:15: Speech of Mr. Federico Mayor, Director-General (1987-1999)

10:15 – 10:30: Speech of Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

10:30 – 10:45: Speech of H. Exc. Ms. Eleonora Mitrofanova, Chairperson of the Executive Board

10:45 – 11:00: Speech of H. Exc. Mr Miguel Angel Estrella, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Argentina to UNESCO

11:00 – 12:00: UNESCO and the world’s diversity, with Baba Haidara, Miguel Soler Roca,
Sorin Dumitrescu, Ali Kazancigil, Hervé Bourges, Mounir Bouchenaki and Stany Kol
Moderator: Henri Lopes
12:00 – 13:00: Debate
13:00 – 15:00: Lunch (free)


15:00 – 16:15: Amadou Mahtar M’Bow: the man, the Director-General, with Yémi Lijadu,
Doudou Diène, Thomas Keller, Mahmoud Hussein and the Presidents of the
two staff associations
Moderator: Michel de Bonnecorse

16:15 – 17:15: Debate

17:15 – 17:45: Speech of Amadou Mahtar M’Bow, Director-General (1974 – 1987)

17:45 – 18:00: Closure of the International Symposium by Françoise Rivière
Coordinator of the Symposium: Françoise Rivière
Steering Group: Etienne Brunswic, Nino Chiappano, Doudou Diène,
Sorin Dumitrescu, Baba Haidara, Georges Kutukdjian, Françoise Rivière


Type of Event Special Event
Start 31.05.2011 08:30 local time
End 31.05.2011 17:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Kutukdjian, Georges
Organizer AAFU/AFUS Association
Contact Fresco, Vittoria
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room X
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 150
Official Website AFUS's Website
Link 1 Presentation of the Symposium
Link 2
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