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Director-General at Davos Economic Forum

The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will take part in a series of roundtable debates on education, culture, climate change, and financial risk management at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, from 23 to 26 January.

The Director-General will join heads of State and Government, ministers, civil society and private sector leaders, as well as heads of international and intergovernmental organizations and celebrated artists, in a series of discussions about issues crucial to global development

The Director-General will have the opportunity to present UNESCO’s unique contribution and perspective, as the specialized UN agency for education, the sciences, culture and communication, to several of the main subjects under discussion. He will participate in the following sessions:

What kind of education for what kind of world? will examine the philosophy behind education and the types of lifelong learning systems needed to shape and sustain the ideal citizenry of tomorrow’s globalized world (Wednesday, 8.30 p.m.).

Partnerships for education will look at ways to meet the challenges posed by the U.N. Millennium Development Goals in education, notably through multi-stakeholder partnerships (Thursday, 8 to 10 a.m.).

The power of collaborative innovation – sports to impact the global agenda will focus on the role and impact of sports on economic and social development at the global and regional levels (Thursday, 12.30 to 2 p.m.).

Globalization = cultural homogenization? As the movement of capital and goods increases, along with the migration of people, this session will look at cities and countries that are becoming truly multicultural (Thursday, 8 to 10 p.m.).

Global education alliance roundtable will take stock of achievements and challenges in implement the education Millennium Development Goals and UNESCO’s Education For All (EFA) objectives through partnership (Friday, 12.45 to 1.45 p.m.).

Climate change: Is a truly global response possible? This private session will examine how the leaders of developing countries view the challenge of meeting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and in what forms and under what conditions their countries might participate in the international framework that will soon be negotiated to succeed the Kyoto Protocol (Friday, 2 -3.30 p.m.);

Managing systemic financial risk, a private brainstorming session, will look for lessons to be learned from recent financial market crises and examine ways to improve information available to understand such risks (Saturday, 8.30 to 10.30 a.m.)

  • Author(s):Media Advisory N°2008-06
  • 24-01-2008
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