Building peace in the minds of men and women

UNESCO Director-General meets Polish Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

On 27 January, 2015, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, met with the Ms Mościcka-Dendys, Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Poland, whom she thanked for participating in the events organized at UNESCO Headquarters, associated with the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, marking this year the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi concentration and extermination camp.

The Director-General recalled that 2015 was also the 70th anniversary of the creation of UNESCO, launched in response to the horrors of the Second World War, to promote lasting peace on the basis of human rights and dignity. The UNESCO Constitution, she said, provides a clear moral compass still today, at a time of rising tensions, intolerance and anti-Semitism. 

The Polish Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs underlined in this respect that education is a key priority for her Government and a focus for the future Sustainable Development Goals. She commended UNESCO for its strong advocacy to include a dedicated education goal in the future global sustainable development agenda that will follow 2015. 

Irina Bokova drew the attention of Ms Mościcka-Dendys to the work being taken forward by UNESCO to strengthen education and dialogue in response to turbulent times, mentioning the Second Forum on Global Citizenship Education, opening on 28 January, to promote new forms of living together through education. The discussion followed on the rise of hate speech, and the Director-General pointed to the International Conference on ‘Internet as a tool for development of youth against all forms of extremism and radicalism’ that UNESCO will hold in June. 

The Polish Under Secretary of State thanked UNESCO for its leadership across these vital areas, pledging the Government’s commitment to join forces with the Organization to develop new tools for global citizenship education and intercultural competencies.