Irina Bokova highlights the importance of strengthening coordination of UNESCO's work in Latin America and the Caribbean

Director-General Irina Bokova convened today a meeting with UNESCO Member States where she underscored the need to enhance coordination of the activities of the Organization in the 34 countries of the regional group of Latin American and the Caribbean (GRULAC). The meeting was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

"We must move towards greater coordination and regional integration, and maximize our resources," said the Director-General.

The Director-General also reviewed some of the upcoming initiatives of particular importance to the region, including the Intergovernmental Council (IGC) of the Management of Social Transformations programme (to be held on 10 and 11 June at UNESCO Headquarters) and the Tenth Forum of Ministers of Social Development for Latin America (to be held in Ecuador in November).

The Director-General announced her upcoming official visit to Bolivia on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Group of 77 and China, where she will attend the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State of this group, scheduled to take place on 14 and 15 June in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

Following the Director-General’s presentation, Directors from three UNESCO Regional Offices made presentations: Jorge Sequeira, Head of the Regional Office for Education, located in Santiago, Herman van Hooff, Director of the Regional Office for Culture, based in Havana, and Lidia Brito, Director of the Regional Office for Science, located in Montevideo.

Offices in Brasilia, Guatemala, Kingston, Lima, Mexico, Quito, Puerto Principe and San Jose complete the network of UNESCO Offices in the Region.