The Director-General meets Secretary-General Kofi Annan

The Director-General meets Secretary-General Kofi Annan
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On 19 June, Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, met the UN Secretary-General during the latter’s short visit to Paris.

The Director-General, who was on his way to Abuja to attend the African Regional Conference on the Dialogue among Cultures, Civilizations and Peoples, briefed the Secretary-General on UNESCO’s activities in this field.

Mr Matsuura drew attention to his recent participation in the third High-level Group meeting of the Alliance of Civilizations in Dakar, Senegal, where he had reaffirmed UNESCO’s support to the Group’s efforts to promote dialogue as a means of transcending cultural and religious differences. The Secretary-General highlighted the importance of UNESCO’s intellectual input to the work of the High-level Group. Mr Matsuura said he is ready to help the follow-up work as well.

Mr Matsuura also informed the Secretary-General again of the decision adopted unanimously at the last session of UNESCO’s Executive Board on the issue of respect for freedom of expression and respect for sacred beliefs and values. Member States called on UNESCO to further strengthen its involvement in this field.

With regard to the UN reform launched in follow-up to the 2005 September Summit Outcome Document, the Director-General reiterated UNESCO’s support of the Secretary-General’s efforts to promote greater coherence across the UN system while stressing the need for the UN country team to act as one UN at the country level.

The Director-General outlined the issues of major concern to the Specialized Agencies, highlighting the need to have the views of the Specialized Agencies reflected in the discussions and decisions of UNDG and to strengthen the Resident Coordinator system in such a manner that it coordinates the country-level activities in a coherent way for the UN system as a whole.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash info n°095-2006
  • 22-06-2006
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