UNESCO Director-General and Harvard University President Identify Common Ground
“I will try to get connections energized and established,” said Drew Faust, Harvard’s first woman president in the university’s 372-year history, upon meeting UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova in her office overlooking the prestigious campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
After briefly presenting UNESCO’s singular mandate within the United Nations system, Ms Bokova underscored her commitment to advancing gender equality. Ms Bokova also highlighted UNESCO’s efforts to promote women in engineering and science. From education to culture and science, Ms Bokova expressed UNESCO’s wish “to exchange, cooperate and find common ground” with Harvard.
“There is a lot of potential,” said Ms Faust, “we have a lot of interest in the issues you have raised.”
“We would like to keep you close to the United Nations,” said Ms Bokova, adding her wish to invite Harvard’s President to participate in debates and events at UNESCO’s Headquarters.
Prior to the meeting, the Director-General attended a luncheon in her honour at the Harvard Faculty Club and engaged in informal discussions with a select group of professors on UNESCO’s actions in the fields of education, culture and gender.