Irina Bokova

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Heritage is identity – it is belonging. The deliberate destruction of heritage is a war crime – it has become a tactic of war, in a global strategy of cultural cleansing.feedback
Mar 24 2017
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Damage to the heritage of the country is damage to the soul of its people and its identity.feedback

We are very concerned about what happens in Mali. We are extremely concerned about the destruction; it's a World Heritage Site. There are mausoleums, mosques and manuscripts which represent an enormous value for humanity.feedback

It's a very interesting question and let me say that the whole concept of intangible heritage was regarded only as a kind of African concept, but then gradually; I would say all countries in the world saw the merit of preserving this intangible heritage. This is very much linked to globalisation. By trying to protect, by respecting, by recognising the importance of even small local traditions, recognising it, we give enormous pride and self-respect to these communities.feedback

I would like to mention another such case, it is the work of our Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, which is very heavily involved, it is actually coordinating all the tsunami alert systems. When there was the tsunami earlier this year, the earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima in Japan we issued the alert in five minutes.feedback

First of all these are very important projects, our overall delivery of our programmes in both cases in Iraq and Afghanistan is jeopardised because you can imagine that witholding more than 22 percent, I would say for next year we have to accumulate the loss of this year, it will be more than 30 percent, it will jeopardise our delivery in the field.feedback

Well, it is difficult for me to decide, it was a decision by member states. What we regret at this particular moment is precisely this kind of criticism, this tendency to look at everything through the prism of this political decision and to neglect all the other important activities that we do.feedback

I never expected from this 'donate to UNESCO' campaign millions of dollars but it is an important citizen support for what UNESCO is doing. But at the same time we have to know that budgetary contributions from each member state are an obligation, a respect for the organisation and I believe that still the United States will change the law.feedback

The United States contribute 22 percent to the regular budget and then we have also the withholding of funds for 2012 for (sic) Israel, so it's quite substantial. We have to know that budgetary contribution of each member states is an obligation in respect for the organisation and I believe that, still, the US will change the law.feedback

I remember my very first teacher, a young woman. And then I had an exellent teacher of history. Because of him I wanted to become an archeologist at that time.feedback

Yes it is very dear to my heart. All scientific data, all statistics, show that if we have improvement in education, especially in secondary education for girls, there is improvement in poverty reduction, especially in health in children, early marriages are dropping down, there is the potential to be involved also in economic activity, their children can go to school, so its an immense change when we see girls enrolment in primary but especially secondary education.feedback

You mentioned Bangladesh and female access to education, but there is still a huge disparity worldwide. You are the first female head of UNESCO – is that an issue that is particularly dear to your heart?feedback

No, I believe that governments have still the primary responsibility for educating their people. When I say this I can give many examples where good government policies have brought a real change and we see an effort in Bangladesh, and I always give this example, with the enrolment of girls where the right government policies have seen a parity of girls and boys in schools.feedback

We have seen enormous progress and we have to admit that. But still the challenge is in the quality of education, now the question is not only basic primary education enrolment, but also quality education, it is a question of equity – of education for both boys – and girls and the big question is literacy.feedback

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