The Director-General opens a concert marking the 15th anniversary of Moldova’s membership to UNESCO

The Director-General opens a concert marking the 15th anniversary of Moldova’s membership to UNESCO
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On 24 May 2007, the Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, opened together with Mrs Tatiana Lapicus, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of Moldova, Mr Pierre de Cocatrix, representative of the Secretary-General of the Francophonie, and Ambassador Victoria Iftodi, Permanent Delegate of Moldova to UNESCO, a concert dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the membership of the Republic of Moldova to UNESCO and the 10th anniversary of the country’s membership of the Francophonie.

Extending his congratulations to the Republic of Moldova on the occasion, the Director-General felt that these dates “testified to the country’s continued engagement, as a member of the international community, in promoting the ideals of peace and freedom, but also dialogue and respect for cultural diversity”.

Recalling his first official visit to the country in May 2005, the Director-General welcomed Moldova’s active cooperation with UNESCO, in which culture held a central place. This was also reflected in the importance the country attached to the preservation of both its tangible and intangible cultural heritage, and the fact that Moldova had ratified the most important culture-related UNESCO conventions.

Mr Matsuura expressed his hope that the forthcoming Summit of Heads of State of South-East Europe, to be held in Romania on 7 and 8 June, would provide an opportunity to ensure that “culture, placed at the service of peace and dialogue, would remain at the heart of the priorities for the region and the world community”.

During his bilateral meeting with the Deputy Minister of Culture earlier the same day, the Director-General focused on UNESCO’s cooperation with the Republic of Moldova in the field of culture. The Deputy Minister expressed her satisfaction at the assistance UNESCO had provided to the country, in particular through its Venice Office.

The Director-General reassured Mrs Lapicus of UNESCO’s continued assistance, referring specifically to the preparation of the candidacy file of Orheiul Vechi for inscription on the World Heritage List. Mr Matsuura also highlighted the importance of regional cooperation among the countries of South-East Europe and said he was looking forward to meeting President Voronine on the occasion of the 7-8 June Summit in Romania.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash Info N° 073-2007
  • 29-05-2007
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