On 6 May, the Director-General met with the President of Costa Rica, H.E. Ms Laura Chinchilla, in a breakfast meeting in the Presidential House which included also the Minister Culture and Youth, Mr Manuel Obregón, the Minister of Education, Mr Leonardo Garnier, the Minister of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, Mr Alejandro Cruz and the Minister of Communications, Mr Francisco Chacón.
The discussion focused on the cooperation between UNESCO and Costa Rica. Irina Bokova referred to the fruitful working sessions she had with Ministers and the perspectives of strengthening cooperation in key priority areas, such as the reform of education, the preservation of biodiversity, information and communication technology (ICTs) for sustainable development, and the role of culture in the post 2015 development agenda.
The President reiterated her appreciation to the Director-General for organizing World Press Freedom Day in Costa Rica. While highlighting the impact of these celebrations both in the region and worldwide, President Chinchilla recalled the need for a constant dialogue between all parties involved for creating and preserving a space of free speech and freedom of expression.