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  • Her Highness Sheikha Mozah, UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, hosts Regional Conference on Literacy Challenges in the Arab Region in Doha, Qatar

    14-03-2007 6:10 pm From 12 to 14 March 2007 Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education and Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation, and Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, hosted the Regional Conference on Literacy Challenges in the Arab Region in Doha, Qatar. Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva, First Lady of Azerbaijan and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, addressed the opening ceremony. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassdors Her Excellency Mrs Vigdís Finnbogadóttir and Mr Patrick Baudry chaired two of the main panels of the conference.HH-Sheikha-Mozah-&-Mrs-Aliy.jpg

    The conference "Literacy Challenges in the Arab Region - Building Partnerships and Promoting Innovative Approaches" was the first of a series of six Regional Conferences in Support of Global Literacy that UNESCO will be organizing over the next two years within the framework of the UN Literacy Decade (2003-2012) and UNESCO’s Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE).

    The three-day conference, which was held in the presence of His Highness the Emir of Qatar, was attended by over 300 conference participants, including Ministers, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, representatives of multilateral agencies, international and regional NGOs, universities, foundations and donors, as well as literacy experts and practitioners from across the region.

    “The goal of this Conference is not only to give literacy the profile it deserves on the agendas of national governments and international partners. Above all it is to make a real and measurable impact on the life of their people, thus contributing to sustainable human development and poverty reduction”, Mr Matsuura stated in his address to the opening ceremony. “Our aim is to build cooperation among stakeholders, and mobilize partners and resources for concrete interventions at the country level.”

    During his visit to Qatar Mr Matsuura held bilateral meetings with His Highness the Emir and Her Highness Sheikha Mozah. He also attended the second board meeting of the Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) foundation, chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Almayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

    Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva, First Lady of Azerbaijan and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, will host the Regional Conference for the European and Caucasus Region in Baku, Azerbaijan, in July 2008.


    Photo (top): Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, His Highness the Emir of Qatar and Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva, First Lady of Azerbaijan and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, during the Conference on 12 March 2007 in Doha, Qatar.

    Photo (bottom): Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, during the Conference on 12 March 2007 in Doha, Qatar.

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