The Director-General receives the President of Mongolia

The Director-General receives the President of Mongolia
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On 23 February 2007, H.E. Nambar Enkhbayar, President of Mongolia and the First Lady, O. Tsolmon, were received by UNESCO’s Director-General, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, at the Organization’s Headquarters.

The President was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr N. Enkhbold, the Minister of Finance, Mr N. Bayartsaikhan and the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Mr U. Enkhtuvshin. The President of the Academy of Science, Mr B. Chadraa and the Mongolian Ambassador to UNESCO, Mr R. Alantgerel were also part of the President’s delegation.

Both the President and the Director-General expressed satisfaction with the current excellent bilateral cooperation, which has steadily progressed since the Director-General’s first official visit to Mongolia in 2002 and further strengthened since his recent official visit to Mongolia in July 2006. The President thanked with appreciation the assistance brought to his country by UNESCO, particularly in the domains of Education and Culture: several education projects, two inscriptions as World Heritage sites and two proclamations of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage are concrete indicators of this partnership.

The President further expressed the need to expand this support to other areas such as technical and vocational education and training, especially to correct the growing manpower imbalances created by increasing demand for university education; capacity-building for specialists in the registration of art objects in order to preserve the country’s cultural heritage; and enhancement of the role of science in society with particular emphasis on issues of scientific education, public awareness, ethics and responsibility of scientific research.

The Director-General assured UNESCO’s readiness to continue to reinforce the cooperation through its assistance in the areas mentioned above, particularly since they correspond to the objectives outlined in the renewed Aide-Mémoire signed during his last visit to Mongolia.

Finally, the Director-General hosted a diner in honour of the President and the First Lady, which was also attended by members of the President’s delegation as well as members of the Secretariat.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash Info N°031-2007
  • 26-02-2007
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