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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
21-05-2004 10:40 pm Alpha Oumar Konaré, former president of Mali and current head of the African Union Commission, and UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will take the floor on May 28 at 3 p.m. (Room 1) on the occasion of Africa Day celebrations (May 25-28) at UNESCO Headquarters. The Organization’s Africa Group is organizing a whole series of events starting on Africa Day itself, May 25, at Organization Headquarters.

The events, under the general title of L’Afrique en marche (Africa on the move), will be launched on Tuesday May 25 at 5 p.m. (Pas Perdus Hall), by African Group President Yvette Rabetafika Ranjeva, Madagascar’s Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO; Nouréini Tidjani-Serpos, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO, Africa Department; and the President of the African Group of Ambassadors to France, Fernanda Eugenio Moisès Lichale, Mozambique’s Ambassador and Permanent Delegate.

The programme includes: a show and sale of art objects, contemporary paintings, clothing, fabrics and jewellery, and an artistic and cultural evening (May 25, 6.30 p.m., Room I) with the participation of Carlos Nascimento (Angola), the Soweto String Quartet (South Africa), Arcenio de Almeida (Mozambique), Stan Tohon (Benin), Diogal (Senegal) and Manu Dibango (Cameroon).

About 10 speakers will take part in a series of lectures and debates on Wednesday May 26 (Room IX, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.) on the following topics: the eradication of poverty, regional integration, education and post-conflict situations in Africa (for more information, contact Tunisia’s Permanent Delegation to UNESCO +33 (0)1 45 68 29 92). Following the debates, the film “Talaka” (he who has nothing, in Zerma), made by the “Tréteaux du Niger” troupe, will be screened.

A musical performance will take place on the evening of May 28, following the addresses of Alpha Oumar Konaré, who will speak of African integration, and of Mr Matsuura. The performance (Room I, 6 p.m.) will feature artists from Cameroon, Comoros, Congo, Egypt and Madagascar. African dishes will be served at a reception after the show, on the 7th floor of UNESCO Headquarters.

Journalists wishing to attend Africa Day must request accreditation from The Press Relations Section, Tel: 33 (0)1 45 68 17 48 - i.le-fournis@unesco.org

Source Media Advisory N°2004 - 39


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