The UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts, initiated by Mr Kaii Higashiyama, a reputed master of Japanese traditional painting, is awarded in recognition of outstanding creative achievements of young artists or groups of artists in the fields of the visual arts, the performing arts and new technologies, to encourage their future development as artists. The New Technologies Prize is awarded annually in the framework of an international or regional cultural and artistic event. This year’s award ceremony was organized in Monaco, where, as the Director-General put it, “artistic and cultural modernity is rooted in the common soil of tradition and exchange.”
In his speech at the award ceremony, the Director-General paid tribute to the personal involvement of HRH Princess of Hanover in the promotion of modern dance in her capacity as Honorary President of the Monaco Dance Forum and the President of the international jury of the 2006 UNESCO Prize.
At their bilateral meeting prior to the ceremony, the Director-General and HRH Princess of Hanover discussed areas of cooperation between UNESCO and Monaco and in particular the projects in favour of women and children in Burkina Faso and Niger, which the Princess supports.
During his stay in Monaco, the Director-General also met Mr Henri Fissore, Counselor for Foreign Affairs; Mr Paul Masseron, Counselor for Internal Affairs, Culture, Religious Affairs and Police; Mr Roger Passeron, Permanent Delegate to UNESCO and President of the National Commission, and members of Monaco’s National Commission for UNESCO.
The Director-General expressed his satisfaction about UNESCO’s cooperation with Monaco. He praised the country’s active engagement in the Organization’s standard-setting instruments. Monaco had ratified the two recent conventions against doping in sport and on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. Mr Matsuura underscored the importance of the corps of 7 UNESCO Conventions in the field of culture and encouraged the authorities to ratify the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage and the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Author(s): Office of the Spokeswoman - Source: Flash Info N° 206-2006 - Publication Date: 18-12-2006