Director-General of UNESCO meets President of Honduras during COP21

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The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today held bilateral talks with the Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado, the President of Honduras, within the framework of COP21, the United Nations conference on climate change underway in Paris.

Ms Bokova and President Hernández Alvarado focused on the crucial cooperation between UNESCO and Honduras, particularly activities of the Organization’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme.

The President spoke of his region’s extreme vulnerability to climate change and of new forestry and water management plans in Honduras. He furthermore pledged to increase his region’s commitment to work on these issues as the Pro Tempore President of the Central American Integration System (SICA).

President Hernández Alvarado also spoke of his country’s commitment to protecting the safety of journalists and presented UNESCO original copies of legislation recently adopted to reinforce the protection of human rights activists, journalists and judicial officials, the Ley para la Protección de Los y Las Defensores de Derechos Humanos, Periodistas, Comunicadores Sociales y Operadores de Justicia.

The Director-General pledged UNESCO’s support to Honduras in exploring recently discovered vestiges of the Ciudad Blanca culture.