On 4 June, 2015, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, took part in the opening ceremony of an International Colloquium entitled “Europe – Latin America and the Caribbean: perspectives on the climate challenge, from the local to the global”. The event, organized by the Institute of the Americas (IdA), with the support of the French Institute for Andean Studies (IFEA) and the European Union - Latin America and Caribbean Foundation (EU-LAC), is part of the preparation for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference COP21.
The event benefited from the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the French Senate which hosted the symposium in the prestigious Medici hall of the Palais du Luxembourg.
The event brought together government officials, researchers, representatives of international organizations and private sector to exchange experiences in Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean in terms of sustainable management, the reduction of emissions and resilience of peoples and societies, as well as the environment.
“We know already that sustainable development cannot be achieved only by the development of the "green economy" – we must aim more deeply for the emergence of "green societies", where sustainable development is anchored in behaviors and values, through education, culture, knowledge sharing, and this is precisely the mandate of UNESCO,” said the Director-General.