Laura Bush and Irina Bokova chair ICOMOS Award Ceremony to honor UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Esther Coopersmith

From 4 to 5 December, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, is traveling to Washington D.C. on the occasion of the United States National Committee of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) Benefit Gala and World Heritage Celebration.

Held under the Honorary Chair of the Former First lady of the United States, Laura Bush, and the Director-General, the Benefit Gala this year pays tribute to Esther Coopersmith, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue, who will receive the US/ICOMOS Award for International Cultural Heritage Leadership.

ICOMOS is an international advisory body of more than 9000 professionals from 120 national committees that evaluates the cultural sites nominated for UNESCO’s World Heritage List, monitors the state of conservation of those sites, supports capacity building worldwide, and reviews requests for international assistance.

In Washington, the Director-General will attend the 2014 US National Commission for UNESCO Annual Meeting. She will also hold a number bilateral meetings.