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The Director-General attends the 60th anniversary event of the UNESCO Clubs movement in Yamaguchi, Japan

The Director-General attends the 60th anniversary event of the UNESCO Clubs movement in Yamaguchi, Japan
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The Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, was invited by the President of the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan (NFUAJ) to attend the 60th anniversary event of the UNESCO Clubs movement, hosted by the Governor of Yamaguchi.

The event was held at Yamaguchi prefecture, on 1 September 2007.

Following the congratulatory addresses by Mr Nobutaka Machimura, Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mr Bunmei Ibuki, Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Director-General delivered a special lecture. In his speech, he referred to the recent World Congress of World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA), which took place in July 2007, and where new Executive Committee members were elected. Mr Matsuura then asserted his intention to continue supporting this grass-roots initiative in favour of UNESCO.

In this regard the Director-General quoted a paragraph from the Preamble of UNESCO’s Constitution: “a peace based exclusively upon the political and economic arrangements of governments would not be a peace which could secure the unanimous, lasting and sincere support of the peoples of the world, and that a peace must therefore be founded, if it is not to fail, upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind.”

The event was also attended by close to 1000 UNESCO Club members, Ms Charmine Koda, Director of the United Nations Information Centre and other related personalities, as well as 40 people from 9 different Asian countries.

On the following day, the 60th anniversary event was followed by the Annual meeting of the Asian Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations (AFUCA). In Asia alone, there are at least 1400 UNESCO Clubs in 12 countries that are helping UNESCO achieve its goals in their local communities.

The UNESCO Clubs movement, which started with the creation of the very first UNESCO Club in Sendai (Japan) in July 1947, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. With more than 3700 UNESCO Clubs in over 100 countries, these community-based clubs are one of the most powerful and longest-standing partners of the Organization in civil society.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash Info N° 110-2007
  • 06-09-2007
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