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Director-General pays official visit to Cambodia

28-07-2005 - On 25 and 26 July, the Director-General made his second official visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia to discuss with the Cambodian Authorities the current state of bilateral cooperation, which is predominantly focused on education and culture.

dgcambodia.gif On the first day of the visit, discussions were held with Mr. Sok An, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers, and President of the APSARA National Authority and the National Commission for UNESCO. The talks focused essentially on how to enhance further the existing bilateral cooperation, particularly in the areas of basic education and tangible and intangible cultural heritage. The Director-General expressed his satisfaction at the removal of Angkor from the List of World Heritage in Danger and the on-going collaboration between Cambodia and UNESCO on the preparation of the file for inscription of the Preah Vihear Complex on the World Heritage List.

Mr. Sok An then hosted a dinner in honour of the Director-General, which was also attended by government dignitaries, including the Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts and senior officials from the APSARA National Authority as well as from the Cambodian National Commission.

On the second day of the visit, the Director-General met with the Prime Minister, Mr. Hun Sen, and congratulated him on his successful endeavours in doubling the share of the national budget attributed to education. He informed the Prime Minister that UNESCO will continue to provide all possible support to Cambodia to address educational needs, including the implementation of major funds-in-trust projects in areas such as ICTs, non-formal basic education and vocational skill training for children and youth at risk. The Prime Minister shared in detail with the Director-General the contents of the Plan of Action, which has been established by the Government to help achieve the Dakar Goals, and thanked the Director-General for the Organizationís on-going assistance in helping finalize legislation on the right to basic education. Furthermore, the Director-General expressed his satisfaction that Cambodia is in the first group of countries benefiting from the Global Initiative on Education and HIV-AIDS (EDUCAIDS), and explained that a mission had already been undertaken by the UNESCO HIV-AIDS coordination unit to set the groundwork for EDUCAIDS in the country.

With regard to culture, the Prime Minister thanked the Director-General for the long-standing and excellent cooperation between Cambodian authorities, namely APSARA, and UNESCO on the large-scale activities aimed at safeguarding Angkor. The Director-General expressed the wish to develop further the Organizationís support in the preservation and promotion of Cambodian cultural expression.

In his audience with His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni at the Royal Palace, the Director-General updated the King on the current state of bilateral cooperation and informed him that the Prime Minister had indicated that the ratification of the Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was imminent. The King expressed his deep gratitude for the Director-Generalís initiatives in ensuring the Organizationís continuing support and assistance, in particular for the preservation of the countryís rich cultural heritage.

Finally, at the Council of Ministers the Director-General signed with the Deputy Prime Minister the Plan of Operations for the third phase of the operational projects on the Bayon Temple. He also signed with the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts the Plan of Operations for the safeguarding of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia.


Source Flash Info nį130-2005





 

 

 

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