On 26 June, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, opened a cultural event entitled “Support crafts to save local cultural industries and to create sustainable livelihood opportunities” organized by Bibi Russell, UNESCO Artist for Peace.
“Culture is more than monuments, songs and cloth – it is who we are. No society can flourish without culture,” said the Director-General. “No development can be sustainable”.
“This is the message Bibi Russell has always carried, and that we send today, by supporting local cultural industries to create sustainable livelihoods.”
In recognition of her work to promote the traditional artisanal crafts of her Bangladeshi homeland, Bibi Russell was named UNESCO Artist for Peace in 1999.
This event took place within the framework of UNESCO’s annual Goodwill Ambassadors meeting, where UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors gather to discuss the Organization’s work and priority programmes.