“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Tom Lantos, a great friend of UNESCO” said Mr Matsuura. He recalled that Tom Lantos had been “a tireless advocate in favour of the return of the United States to UNESCO”, which materialized in 2003.
The Director-General paid tribute to Tom Lantos, remembering his’ “exceptional life of courage and sacrifice, and of public service in favour of the citizens of the United States and the world. His work as a champion of human rights and tolerance embodied the values and mandate of UNESCO to build peace in the minds of men. His legacy is an inspiration to us all.”
Mr Matsuura, who had been a close personal friend of Mr Lantos’ for many years, extended his deepest condolences to his wife, Annette, and the entire Lantos family.
Mr Lantos was a holocaust survivor of Hungarian origin who had served as United States Congressman since 1980 and as Chairman of the United States House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee since 2007.
Author(s): Office of the Spokeswoman - Source: Flash Info N° 015-2008 - Publication Date: 12-02-2008