Koïchiro Matsuura to attend UNESCO World Youth Festival in StuttgartUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will participate in the UNESCO World Youth Festival to be held in Stuttgart (Germany) on 6 and 7 July. Two thousand and six young people from five continents have been invited to the Festival, held as part of the celebrations for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
The event is part of the official programme organized by Germany for the final phase of the World Cup. From 2 to 10 July, it brings together young people between the ages of 16 and 21 from 70 countries. The festival explores the theme of sport’s ethical, cultural and social dimension as a means to overcome differences and promote fair play and the fight against doping, a high-priority issue for UNESCO.
On 7 July, Mr Matsuura will take part in one of the festival’s key moments, the Fest der Freunde (Friends’ Day), with the mayor of Stuttgart, Wolfgang Schuster, and former soccer player for Germany Hansi Müller, FIFA ambassador for the 2006 World Cup. Music, dance, theatre, acrobatics and a soccer game are on the agenda for Friends’ Day, as well as workshops offering young people the opportunity to discuss intercultural dialogue.
The UNESCO World Youth Festival is supported by Mondialogo, a partnership initiated by the German automobile company DaimlerChrysler and UNESCO to promote dialogue among young people.
On 6 July, the Director-General will visit the Institute Dr Flad, a school for pharmacists that is linked to UNESCO with students from 52 countries, as well as a community centre, House 49. On 7 July (12 p.m.), after visiting the Le Corbusier building that will house the future Weissenhof Museum, Mr Matsuura will hold a press conference with the mayor of Stuttgart, at the city Town Hall, to announce the match for third place in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which is scheduled for Saturday, 8 July.