From 25 to 30 April, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, will undertake her first official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran. During this visit, she is expected to meet with the President of the Islamic Republic, Hassan Rouhani, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Minister of Education, Ali Asghar Fani, the Minister of Energy, Hamid Chitchian, the Minister of Science, Research and Technology, Reza Faraji-Dana, and the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Ali Jannati. The Director-General is also expected to meet with the Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, Masoud Soltanifar.
While in Iran, the Director-General will take part in a ceremony, to celebrate the inscription of the 7 items of the Islamic Republic of Iran inscribed on the Memory of the World register. This ceremony will take place in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to whom the Director-General will hand over the certificate of Memory of the World for the inscription of “A Collection of Selected Maps of Iran in the Qajar Era”, added on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 2013. The collection of maps is a compilation of handwritten and lithographic maps which show the geographical plateau of Iran as a major part of the historical Silk Road as well as the interface of the North-South corridor.
The Director-General will visit the University of Tehran, the oldest and most prestigious university in the country, where she will talk about the role and raison d’être of UNESCO in contemporary societies. She is also expected to visit will also visit 3 of the 16 sites in Iran inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, Bam and its Cultural Landscape, Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan and Meidan Emam, Esfahan.