The Director-General participates in the Heads of State Summit of South-East Europe in Romania

The Director-General participates in the Heads of State Summit of South-East Europe in Romania
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From 6 to 9 June 2007, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, participated in the fifth Regional Summit of Heads of State of South-East Europe hosted by President Basescu of Romania in Bucharest.

In his opening remarks at the Summit, the Director-General expressed his great satisfaction that these Heads-of-State level meetings in South-East Europe had become an annual tradition. “It is indeed a very positive tradition, which attests to the growing spirit of trust and understanding among leaders of the region, as well as the palpable will that today exists to create a common vision for the future. It also gives testimony to the power of international cooperation through multilateralism and dialogue”.

Referring to the previous Summit meetings organized in cooperation with UNESCO in Ohrid (2003), Tirana (2004), Varna (2005) and Opatija (2006), the Director-General welcomed the fact that culture had been chosen as the foundation for such an endeavour, “crystallizing the will of the entire region to move beyond intolerance, misunderstanding and conflict towards a brighter, more prosperous and peaceful future.[…] Today, leaders of South-East Europe will take the agenda another step forward by focusing on cultural diversity – as a strength, a bridge and a promise for the future”.

The final Declaration adopted at the Summit reflects the commitment of regional leaders to fostering in-depth cooperation in the field of culture and developing a series of measures to promote cultural diversity as a bridge between cultural heritage and the culture of the future.

The next regional Summit Forum of Heads of State of South-East Europe will be hosted by President Papoulias in Athens in 2008 on the subject of intercultural encounters on maritime, river and lake routes of South-East Europe.

On the margins of the Summit meeting in Bucharest, the Director-General had bilateral meetings with President Basescu of Romania, President Radmanovic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, President Mesic of Croatia, President Crvenkovski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, President Tadic of Serbia and Mrs Bogyai, State Secretary of International Affairs at the Ministry of Education and Culture of Hungary, in order to discuss how to strengthen UNESCO’s cooperation with these countries of South-East Europe.

The Director-General also met Mr Adrian Iorgulescu, Romanian Minister of Culture and Religious Affairs, and Mr Cristian Adomnitei, Minister of Education and Research, and Chairman of the Romanian National Commission for UNESCO, with whom he discussed UNESCO’s bilateral cooperation with Romania.

On 8 June, the Director-General, together with Mr Terry Davis, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, and representatives of delegations to the Summit, visited Sibiu, the 2007 Cultural Capital of Europe, where they were received by Mr Klaus Johannis, Mayor of Sibiu.

After Sibiu, Mr Matsuura proceeded to visit the historic centre of Alba Julia, accompanied by Mayor Mircea Hava.

  • Auteur(s):La Porte-parole
  • Source:Flash Info N° 080-2007
  • 12-06-2007
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