Upon the invitation of the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Director-General is in Beijing to attend commemorative events marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War on 2 and 3 September, where she will join the UN Secretary-General and senior representatives of other international organizations.
She will recall that the year 2015 is a historic milestone, marking the 70th anniversary of the UN and of UNESCO’s founding at the end of WWII upon the conviction that peace must be built in the minds of women and men, on the basis of human rights and dignity, through cooperation in education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. This message has never been so important as Governments prepare to adopt a new sustainable development agenda and shape a better future based on mutual understanding and solidarity in an increasingly globalized and interconnected world.
She will also highlight UNESCO and China’s strong cooperation in advancing education and promoting understanding through dialogue, respect for cultural diversity and the preservation and promotion of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, as highlighted by President Xi Jinping during his historic visit to UNESCO Headquarters in March 2014.
During her stay in Beijing, she will meet with First Lady and UNESCO Special Envoy for the Advancement of Girls’ and Women’s Education, Professor Peng Liyuan. They will jointly attend a high-level dialogue on women’s leadership in education on the occasion of an international seminar organized in the framework of the UNESCO-HNA Group partnership, aimed at accelerating girls’ and women’s education, with a focus on gender-responsive teacher training and professional development.