Irina Bokova to promote creative industries and scientific cooperation in a visit to Italy

From 2 to 6 October, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova is undertaking a visit to Italy to launch the third edition of the UNESCO world Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries (FOCUS) devoted to the theme “Culture, Creativity and Sustainable Development” which is taking place from 2 to 4 October in Florence, Palazzo Vecchio. It will address the role of culture in creating a sustainable future, as well as promoting employment, growth and innovations.

The Director-General will inaugurate the Forum with the Italian Minister of Cultural Properties and Activities and of Tourism, Dario Franceschini,  the Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, the President of the Tuscany Region, Enrico Rossi, and the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mario Giro. Organized in cooperation with the Italian Government and with the support of the Tuscany Region and the Municipality of Florence, this event will bring together almost 300 participants including governmental decision-makers, representatives of the private sector and civil society, international experts and academics from all regions of the world including the President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Soud, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia, the minister of Culture of Greece, as well as Myanmar, Afghanistan, among others.

The Director-General will take part in a Plenary Session entitled “Culture and the Post-2015 Development Agenda” which will include high level UN and government representatives from around the world, to raise political awareness on the importance to integrate culture in the post 2015 UN sustainable development agenda.

During her visit to Italy, the Director-General will also participate in a meeting at the Parliament in Rome on the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) and Water-related issues. The participants, including the Minister of Environment, Land and Sea, Gian Luca Galletti and high-level UN representative, will discuss the management of world water resources, where Italy plays an active role, as host of the WWAP.

The Director-General will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste. The Director-General will give the opening remarks with Yukiya Amano, Director General of IAEA, Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General of ITU, as well as the Minister of Education, University and Research of Italy, Stefania Giannini. This event will also see keynote lectures by H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Qatar, and Ansar Parvez, Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. This will be an opportunity to showcase UNESCO’s work to promote scientific collaboration as a force for peace and development, especially in the developing countries, where ICTP is developing a promising network of laboratories and scientific institutions.

Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, ICTP seeks to accomplish its mandate by providing scientists from developing countries with the continuing education and skills that they need to enjoy long and productive careers. The Centre operates under a tripartite agreement with the Government of Italy, UNESCO and the IAEA.