Director-General Chairs Information Meeting on “Follow up of the Situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine)”

On 2 June, 2015, the UNESCO Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova, chaired an Information Meeting with UNESCO Member States on “Follow up of the Situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine)," in response to the Decision adopted at the 196th session of the UNESCO Executive Board on this question.

This Decision requested the Director-General to “organise, prior to the Executive Board’s 197th session, an information meeting to provide Member States with updates on the situation in Crimea in the fields of UNESCO’s competences.” In this respect, the Decision called on the Director-General to invite representatives of international organisations and non-governmental organisations.

On this basis, the Director-General invited the following organisations to inform on developments in Crimea (Ukraine) given their relevance to UNESCO’s fields of competence and drawing on existing partnership relations with UNESCO: The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; The Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe;   The Representative on Freedom of the Media of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe; The International Council on Monuments and Sites; and Amnesty International (Official Partner of UNESCO, Associate Status).

In this light, the following speakers made presentations, providing information on developments in the UNESCO fields of competences from the perspective of their expertise and work: Ms Dunja Mijatović, Representative on Freedom of the Media, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe; Mr Stephan Oberreit, Director of Amnesty France; Ms Marie-Laure Lavenir, Director-General of ICOMOS and Ms. Ruth Marshall, from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe, apologised for not being able to attend and asked the Director-General to invite Member States to consult his latest report on this question, accessible on the website of the Council of Europe.