UNESCO sponsors the 25th anniversary of The Prince of Asturias FoundationThe Prince of Asturias Foundation (Spain) will hold a press conference on May 14 at UNESCO Headquarters (12.30 p.m., Room V) to present the programme of celebrations planned to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its creation. The celebrations will take place during 2005 under the auspices of UNESCO.
In associating itself with this event, UNESCO recognizes the “extraordinary work done by the Foundation to promote and celebrate the exceptional achievements of humanity in the fields of culture, science and the humanities.”
The Prince of Asturias Foundation, whose Honorary President is Prince Felipe, the Crown Prince of Spain, was created in 1980 in Oviedo with the aim of contributing to the promotion of the universally recognized values of science, culture and the humanities. Every year it awards the Prince of Asturias Prize in eight fields: Communication and Humanities, Arts, Letters, Social Sciences, Scientific and Technical Research, International Cooperation, Sports, and Concord. In 2001, the Prince of Asturias Prize for Concord was awarded to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB).
Taking part in the press conference will be: the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Spain to UNESCO, Yago Pico de Coaña; the President of the Government of the Principality of Asturias, Vicente Alvarez Areces; the President of the Prince of Asturias Foundation, José Maria Alvarez Rendueles; the General Director of the Foundation, Graciano García; the Foundation's Head of International Relations, Natalio Grueso; and some winners of the Prize, including Luc Montagnier. The press conference will be preceded by a meeting between UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and the delegation from the Prince of Asturias Foundation.
Journalists wishing to cover the press conference must be accredited by UNESCO’s Press Relations Section, Isabelle le Fournis, tel. +33 (0)1 45 68 17 48 / fax +33 (0)1 45 68 56 52