From 7 to 11 July, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, will be in New York on the occasion of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) High-Level Segment. The event will be held under the theme “Addressing ongoing and emerging challenges for meeting the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 and for sustaining development gains in the future” at the United Nations Headquarters.
Within the framework of the ECOSOC High-Level Segment, the Director-General will chair two Ministerial roundtables organized by UNESCO. The first event will focus on the critical role of the sciences for sustainable development and will be co-chaired by Mrs Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs of South Africa; and the second event will be on girls’ education and will be co-chaired by the Permanent Representatives of Bangladesh and Denmark to the UN.
The Director-General will also address a Plenary session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under the theme “Charting pathways to the future we want”. The HLPF was created at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) and is the main United Nations platform dealing with sustainable development. The Forum provides political leadership and guidance, follows up and review progress in implementing sustainable development commitments, and addresses new and emerging sustainable development challenges.
The Director-General will also participate as a panelist in the ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum on 11 July session entitled “Towards a new narrative for development cooperation post-2015”.
In the margins of the ECOSOC, the Director-General will join the UN Secretary-General and the Permanent Representatives of Haiti to open a new exhibition entitled “Victory over slavery: Haiti and beyond”.
While in New York, the Director-General will launch the UNESCO’s Report “World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development” and will participate in inter-agency meetings including the Global Migration Group.