From 10 to 12 September, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, is on an official visit to Nigeria where she is expected to meet with the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
She is also expected to meet several ministers working in UNESCO’s fields of competences, as well as the UN Resident Coordinator, Daoda Toure.
In the course of the visit, the Director-General is expected to sign an Aide Memoire towards a new strategic Plan of Action, to enhance UNESCO’s cooperation with Nigeria and take into new areas – including, higher education, gender equality, bioethics, youth policies, natural heritage, oceans, the General History of Africa, the Slave Route, African cinema, the Living Treasures programme, community radio and journalism education, Memory of the World, and Open-Educational Resources.
While in Nigeria, the Director-General will inaugurate UNESCO’s Regional Office in Abuja. The countries that will be covered by the new Regional Office are Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.
The opening of this Regional Office marks a turning point for UNESCO, and is the result of a pledge by the Director-General to strengthen the Organization’s presence in the field and to sharpen its ability to respond to the needs of Member States.