Audrey Azoulay, the Director General of the organization, and Grigory Ordzhonikidze, the Secretary of Russian Commission for UNESCO Affairs, sent in the Region official letters to notify that patronage for the Forum has been approved due to relevance of the declared objectives
The preservation of interethnic and interreligious harmony, the creation of conditions for peaceful co-existence in mutual respect of various cultures and ethnic groups – this is an urgent task for us today.
The General Conference of UNESCO appointed Audrey Azoulay (France) to the post of Director-General of the Organization. Ms Azoulay was nominated on 13 October to take the place of outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova (Bulgaria) by UNESCO’s Executive Board.
"Our organisation is facing another round of renovation. In the process it must preserve its mission of the generator of the ideas of development and progress, reliable humanitarian foundation for global architecture, and a universally recognised forum for protecting spiritual and cultural heritage and promoting timeless moral values@.
A solemn 25th anniversary celebration ceremony of the UNITWIN Chairs Programme took place in Paris in the framework of the 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO. Ms Olga Vasilyeva, the Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, made welcome speech at the ceremony.