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Official visit to Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (6 - 7 May 2005)

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11-05-2005 - On the occasion of the third session of UNESCO’s Committee for NEPAD in Tripoli, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, paid an official visit to the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya from 6 to 7 May 2005, during which he met the highest authorities of the country.

dglibyaklarge.gif He attended, alongside the President of the General Conference of UNESCO, Mr Michael Omolewa, the President of the African Group, Mr Wilfried Inotira Emvula, and Dr Mohamed Ahmed Sherif, Secretary-General of the World Islamic Call Society (WICS), the opening of the UNESCO Committee for NEPAD, chaired by the Dr Bimbola Ogunkelu, former Minister of African Integration of Nigeria.

In his speech, the Director-General reiterated his conviction that African development would not happen without the participation of Africans, and welcomed the determination demonstrated by the continent’s leadership. He expressed his satisfaction with the results attained, in particular the establishment of the African Union, the setting up of its institutions, the resolution of several conflicts, as well as progress in the fields of education, health and the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The Director-General also welcomed the growing solidarity expressed by the international community in supporting African initiatives, while stating his hope that this support would materialise in strengthened and concrete partnerships, particularly in the field of education.

After the opening session of the Committee, an Aide-Memoire between UNESCO and the WICS was signed, whereby each party undertakes itself to consolidate the partnership with a view to reinforcing the process of regional and sub regional integration of African countries and to attain the priority objectives of NEPAD and the African Union in the fields of UNESCO’s competence. This Aide-Memoire should allow for a mobilization of funds for the implementation of important sub regional projects in the field of Education for All, higher education and distance learning, culture and renewable energies.

During his visit, Mr Matsuura was received by Colonel Muammar Al-Gaddafi, Leader of the Great Alfateh of September Revolution, with whom he reviewed detailed relations with UNESCO as well prospects for their strengthening. The Director-General congratulated Colonel Al-Gaddafi on his role in favour of peace, African unity and integration.

Mr Matsuura also met with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, of Higher Education and of Culture. He underscored the importance of ratifying normative texts adopted by UNESCO, notably in the field of culture. He also suggested that they work with UNESCO in the implementation of his three new initiatives concerning literacy, teacher training and the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Fuente Flash Info n°075-2005





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