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Irina Bokova, Director-General of Unesco

Post 2015
November 12, 2013
On November 12, 2013, the General Conference of Unesco, which brings together 195 Member Countries and nine Associate Members, confirmed the vote of the Executive Board reappointing Irina Bokova as Unesco's Director-General for a term of four years.

"The power of culture is its dual nature, as a driver for both growth and social inclusion. Unesco has long advocated for the recognition of the link between culture and sustainable development: it is through culture that people mobilize and look ahead. There is no future without culture.

The 37th session of Unesco's General Conference, which meets in Paris from November 5 to 20, 2013, is decisive in more than one way. It will notably set forth Unesco's priorities for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. One of these priorities is the integration of culture into the next Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to fight against poverty and exclusion and to build the necessary bridges between peoples in an uncertain world.

This is why I welcome the initiatives of governments, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders supporting Unesco's appeal to integrate culture into the global post-2015 sustainable development agenda. This "De Facto " forum is one example. 

Irina Bokova
Director-General of Unesco


photo credit : © UNESCO/Michel Ravassard


« Give peace a chance » on board the Lennon Bus

November 8, 2013

They come from Italy, the United States, France, England or still Luxembourg and Germany. Together, they decided to take the Lennon Bus across Europe. After England, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, it is inFrance that the Lennon Bus’ crew made a stop on the occasion of the 8th edition of the Unesco’s Youth Forum in Paris, Place Fontenoy.


Women in music and cinema

November 25, 2013

Why is it that Jane Campion is the only woman to have won a Golden Palm – for her film "The Piano Lesson" in 1993 – since the creation of the Cannes Film Festival in 1945? Why are only 3% of the concerts scheduled at French theaters and opera houses in the 2013-2014 season directed by women? The study titled “Women in music and cinema in Europe,” published in November 2013, provides some answers.

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