Unesco for Inserting Culture as Development Driving Force

irinaHavana, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) Unesco Director-General Irina Bokova said today in this capital that recognizing culture as sustainable development driving force is one of the main goals of that international organization’s working program.

In the workshop to pass the Unesco’s Working Culture Plan for Latin America and the Caribbean, the diplomat highlighted how necessary is this event because the United Nations will discuss the agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals post 2015 late this month.

“We want to insert culture as a key element in that program, said Bokova.

The Unesco Director-General added that they are now facing a big challenge: to facilitate the sustainable economic and social development, where culture plays an essential role in efforts aimed at eradicating poverty and hunger.

Latin American and the Caribbean is a very diversified zone, with a huge variety of cultural expressions, with different ways of understanding the production models, and which shares the goal of being a peace area, stressed Bokova.

In fact, the meeting of the ministers of Culture of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States to be held this afternoon will be a great opportunity to strengthen even more the creation of strategies in that sense, said the Unesco representative.

In her visit to Havana, Bokova will attend a Celac meeting today and will participate in the celebration to mark the Unesco 70th anniversary in the Regional Office for Latin American and Caribbean Culture, with headquarters in Cuba.

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