Hamid Karzai To Visit UNESCO On FridayParis - During his official visit to France, the Chairman of Afghanistan’s Interim Authority, Hamid Karzai, will address an information session of UNESCO’s 58-member Executive Board and meet Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura on Friday, March 1.
Information and Culture Minister Raheen Makhdoom will also address the meeting, which is expected to focus on UNESCO’s contribution to the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
The ministers of Foreign Affairs - Abdullah Abdullah; of Reconstruction - Amin Farhang; and of Health - Suhaila Sediq, one of the country’s two women ministers - will be part of the 9-person Afghan delegation visiting UNESCO on Friday.
This will be the second meeting of Mr Karzai and Mr Matsuura, the first having occurred in Kabulon January 11. UNESCO has been active in post-Taleban Afghanistan since December 2001, when it opened an antenna in Kabul. UNESCO has been providing manpower and material assistance to the ministries of Education and Higher Education as well as to the Ministry of Information and Culture. The Organization has also sent experts to Afghanistan to take stock of its cultural heritage with a view to ensuring its preservation and rehabilitation. It is providing support and training to broadcast and print media and is assisting non-governmental organizations, including women’s NGOs.
The Organization has presented some 20 proposals to be included in the framework of the United Nations’ Consolidated Appeal for Afghanistan 2002, presently being reviewed by the Afghan authorities. These proposals relate to the three areas above as well as to capacity building in water management.
UNESCO’s immediate and longer-term contribution to the reconstruction of Afghanistan will be further discussed by the Chairman of the Afghan Interim Authority and his delegation with Director-General Matsuura after the morning session of the Executive Board.
ACCREDITATION AND FACILITIES
Accreditation will be obligatory to cover the visit of the Chairperson of the Interim Authority of Afghanistan. It can be obtained from the Press Service of UNESCO (tel.: 01 45 68 17 48 - fax: 01 45 68 56 52). The request must be accompanied by a copy of a press card. Only press cards issued by the French Foreign Ministry or the French Commission de la Carte d’Identité des Journalistes Professionnels will be accepted. Journalists will receive their badges at the press reception stand as of 9.30 a.m. at the entrance of 7, place de Fontenoy on presentation of their press card.
During the visit, the press will have access to Room XI where the part of the information session of the Executive Board dealing with Afghanistan, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be retransmitted from Room X. After an opening address to the Executive Board by Board Chairperson Aziza Bennani, journalists will be able to follow the addresses of Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, Afghan Information and Culture Minister Raheen Makhdoom, and Chairperson Hamid Karzaï, who is expected to arrive at UNESCO around 11.30 a.m.
UNESCO will appoint a pool of photographers and camera crews.
The pool will be able to shoot images of Mr Karzai upon his arrival at UNESCO and of the start of his address to the Executive Board (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: 01 45 68 17 38).
The entire the session will be relayed live on the SERTE network by UNESCO’s audiovisual service (contact: Emmanuel Rudowski; mailto:email@example.com ; tel. 01 45 68 00 70). This footage will be available for unrestricted use.
Mooring boxes will be set up for radio journalists in Room XI.