Katmandu, 17 April – UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova began a three day mission to Nepal today, for the main purposes of monitoring the post-earthquake recovery process and to visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. She will also visit UNESCO’s project sites, including World Heritage sites and Community Learning Centers. Joint programmes by UNESCO and the government in the fields of education and culture will also be launched during her stay which continues through 19 April. The mission is at the invitation of the Government of Nepal.
Ms Bokova will meet the President, the Prime Minister, among other officials, including the ministers of education, culture and foreign affairs to further discuss cooperation between Nepal and UNESCO in all fields of the Organization’s competence, especially in the efforts of post-earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation. It will also give momentum to expanding UNESCO programmes in the fields of education, culture, science and media development.
Nepal became a member of UNESCO in May 1953. The UNESCO Office in Kathmandu was established in 1998. In close partnership with the Government of Nepal UNESCO has focused on attaining a quality Education for All, gender equality and adult literacy. The office has also worked to preserve cultural heritage, promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, and to empower people through the free flow of ideas and access to information and knowledge, and to mobilize scientific knowledge and science policy for sustainable development.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945 with the aim of strengthening peace worldwide, by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication.