The Director-General meets the Bulgarian Prime Minister

On 13 October 2006, Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, had a bilateral meeting with Mr Sergei Stanishev, Prime Minister of Bulgaria.

These talks, which coincided with the closing of the 175th session of the Executive Board, addressed the major issues under consideration by the Board as well as Bulgaria’s cooperation with UNESCO.

Reiterating Bulgaria’s commitment to UNESCO’s ideals and programmes, the Prime Minister informed the Director-General of his intention to further step up the country’s involvement in the work of the Organization.

Prime Minister Stanishev expressed Bulgaria’s appreciation of the Director-General’s personal engagement in the promotion of regional cooperation among the countries of South-East Europe. The Summits of Heads of State organized by UNESCO in the region had resulted in a number of concrete projects of cooperation. In follow-up to the Regional Forum on “Cultural Corridors in South-East Europe – Common Past and Shared Heritage, a Key to Future Partnership” (Varna, Bulgaria, May 2005), the Prime Minister proposed to launch a pilot project on the cultural corridor for the Thracian heritage.

Prime Minister Stanishev also underlined the importance that Bulgaria attached to the intangible cultural heritage. In this regard, he suggested that the next meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage be held in Bulgaria.

The Director-General commended the Prime Minister on Bulgaria’s rapid ratification of the 2003 Convention and its election to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. With regard to the next meeting of the Committee, the Director-General informed the Prime Minister of the proposal made by Japan and China to host it. However, he encouraged Bulgaria to propose its candidature to host the Committee’s meeting in 2008.

Mr Matsuura shared the Prime Minister’s views about the importance of the regular regional meetings of the countries in South-East Europe. He mentioned that the 3rd meeting of Ministers of Culture would be organized in Ohrid on 3 and 4 November 2006 and that the next Heads of State-level Summit would be held in Sibiu in June 2007 at the invitation of the President of Rumania.

Mr Matsuura commended Bulgaria’s efforts to preserve and promote the Thracian culture, expressing his regrets at not being able to join the Prime Minister for the opening ceremony of the exhibition on Thracian Treasures that was to be held immediately after their meeting at the Jacquemart-André Museum in Paris.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash info n°159-2006
  • 17-10-2006
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