UNESCO Grants Award to Casa de las Americas

Havana, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) The Havana-based Casa de las Americas was recognized with the 2017 UNESCO-UNAM/Jaime Torres Bodet Prize in Social Sciences, Humanities and Art, that UN body announced today.

In a statement, the general director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, awarded the Cuban institution with the prize, based on the recommendation of an international jury. The awarding ceremony will take place in early 2018.

The text emphasized that Casa de las Americas was created in 1959 with the aim of developing and extending socio-cultural relations with the countries of Latin America, the Caribbean and the rest of the world.

The institution ‘has become one of the most recognized and prominent cultural institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean,’ the statement said.

The award is named after the eminent Mexican poet, novelist, essayist, and diplomat Jaime Torres Bodet, who was also a founding member of UNESCO and the general director of that organization from 1948 to 1952.

Created by the initiative of the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the award highlights the close ties between UNESCO and this educational institution.

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