UNESCO Director-General pays homage to the victims of the Paris attacks

15 November 2015


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"On the eve of UNESCO's creation 70 years ago, it is the right moment for us all to ‎stand up for human rights and human dignity and against terrorism‎ and violent extremism," declared Irina Bokova, laying flowers in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday 13 November 2015.


The Director-General of UNESCO expresses solidarity with France following the attacks in Paris


Paris, 14 November — The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the attacks, unprecedented in the history of France, perpetrated in Paris on 13 November.

Ms Bokova said, “On behalf of UNESCO and in my own name, I present my most heartfelt condolences to the people of France and to all the mourning families so terribly bereft by these barbaric acts. This crime affects us all. It represents an attack against the whole of humanity.”

“Less than one year after the violent attacks in Paris in January and following several recent attacks in many parts of the world, violent extremists have struck at the core of togetherness, hitting places of conviviality that bring people together, cafés, a stadium and a venue dedicated to live performances, places of culture in a city that is seen throughout the world as a symbol of culture.”

“At a time when UNESCO and the United Nations, founded in the aftermath of World War II, celebrate their 70th anniversary, this crime reveals new and horrible forms of a violence that knows no borders and can strike anywhere. This resurgence of hate calls for a new response based on great unity to reinforce our affirmation of the values of peace, dialogue and compassion, and to stand up to barbarism.

UNESCO will do all it can to support France, our host country, in this ordeal.”