UNESCO chief to visit Egypt

Rana Gohar, Tuesday 12 May 2015

Irina Bokova is to launch the ‘#Unite4Heritage’ campaign in Egypt, in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities

Irina Bokova
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova (Photo: Reuters)

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova is to arrive in Cairo on Tuesday for top-level meetings to discuss cooperation between the UN agency and Egypt.

In a press statement issued on Tuesday, UNESCO said Bokova would tackle cooperation in education, culture, science and development. Bokova, during her two-day visit, will meet Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and several ministers.

She will be accompanied by President of the UNESCO Executive Board Mohamed Amr, as well as Egypt’s ambassador and permanent delegate to UNESCO.

"Bokova will launch the ‘#Unite4Heritage’ campaign in Egypt in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities aiming at mobilising the international, regional and local efforts to protect and preserve threatened heritage and to stand against the sectarian propaganda campaigns via different social networks and Internet", the statement was quoted as saying.

"The campaign will be launched in the afternoon of Wednesday 13 May 2015 at the Museum of Islamic Art with a stand showing solidarity against vandalism and terrorism with the participation of numerous Egyptian youth and representatives of a number of official and international bodies."

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