UNESCO Director-General on first official visit to the Czech Republic

From 15 to 17 May, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, is undertaking her first official visit to the Czech Republic, following an invitation by H.E. Miloš Zeman, President of the Czech Republic, to join him in the celebration of the 700th anniversary of the birth of the Emperor and King Charles IV, an important anniversary to which UNESCO is proudly associated with.

The visit takes place with a view to further strengthening existing cooperation between the Czech Republic and UNESCO across the Organization’s fields of competence, as well as enhancing the engagement with civil society and professional institutions. 

During her visit, the Director-General Bokova will have bilateral meetings with several high-level officials, including the President of the Czech Republic, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the ministers of education and culture.  She will also give a lecture at the Charles University – one of the world’s greatest places of higher learning – where she will engage with students and faculty over the role of education in the prevention of violent extremism, and be awarded with the prestigious Charles University Honorary Medal. 

The visit will also feature a special event at the Lupáčova Primary School in Prague, an Associated School of UNESCO, and winner of the 2014 and 2016 European Language Prize.