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Irina Bokova, Benjamin Netanyahu and Axel Plathe, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about UNESCO. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 61 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 93 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Irina Bokova is: “We cannot divide heritage, it belongs to all of humanity and heritage belongs to all of the Syrian people, so it's a challenge, challenge indeed to on one side to protect it … but on the other side to stop illicit excavations and trafficking, important for the future. If we want to have reconciliation in peace we need to have heritage protected.”.

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George Chogovadze

Georgia is the cradle of wine and has unique places to be visited, they are part of the UNESCO world heritage. We have beautiful nature, different climate zones, and Georgian cuisine is very interesting. So all of these aspects together with the uni[...]

Paulo Pinheiro

The scale of what happened in Aleppo is unprecedented in the Syrian conflict. Much of Aleppo, once Syria's biggest city and its commercial and culture center and a UNESCO World Heritage site, has been reduced to rubble. This represents - and we have[...]

Javier Santana

We want to bring the public closer to Roman Culture. For that, we perform different workshops about civil, military and religious topics.

Ietaka Kuki

Kumano is a place of rebirth for the mind and soul. We say that after the renewal that we experience here we can make a new start towards a new life.

Seamus Kearney - Euronews

As part of the more than 600 kilometres of pilgrim tracks that mostly start in the city of Kyoto, magical sights greet visitors along the way.

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

Our first challenge is to make I would say a very objective independent assessment of what has happened there and second is to attract the attention of the security teams and circles to say that when they negotiate peace when they negotiate all the [...]

Elisabeth Lueger

Bethlehem is the place which Jesus was born so it's a special day for us to come, it's the first day that we are here in 24th of December, so we celebrated together everybody is happy here.

Gerald Rockemschaub

I feel very privileged to be able to be here with my family and it is very exciting to be here – particularly now that there was a U.N. resolution passed in favour of the Palestinian people so I think it's a very special day today.

Josh Frydenberg

This report will hopefully see Australia stay off the UNESCO in danger watch list.

Shani Tager - Greenpeace

It is unacceptable that this government is now congratulating itself over its handling of the reef's health during that same period without promising any meaningful improvement.

Yvan De Baets

I especially like the fact that they (beers) are global, universal, they make people gather together, and think that is what touched UNESCO, and for Belgium it highlights our traditions, our own culture that is linked to beer.

Jiri Bares

I think that a puppet is an excellent mediator that shows the world of adults to children, and children react well to puppets and perceive them differently to ordinary theatre played by adults. So I think that it is fun both for children to watch an[...]

Jean-Louis Van de Perre

These breweries have created around them a beer culture. We have our pubs, we have our museums, we have feasts, we have the ritual of how to serve beer.

Gregoire Lepoudre

I think it's a nice recognition for the country. Every Belgian knows that Belgian beer is recognised around the world.

Manu Pauwels

There are more and more countries developing a beer industry with more variation, but they always refer to the Belgian beer style.

Anne-Marie Leander Touati

We started off with doing digital photographs with all walls in this house, a very big work, and then in the recent years, we started laser scanning. Laser scanning is much quicker work, but it doesn't give us the colours of the walls, so we have co[...]

Leander Touati

It's an expanding house. It started off as one house and then it annexes the neighbour's house. So it's a nice thing to show the development of a house going more into an opulent state of life, so to say.

Miri Regev

The discovery of the papyrus on which the name of our capital Jerusalem is written is further tangible evidence that Jerusalem was and will remain the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

Benjamin Netanyahu

With this absurd resolution, UNESCO has lost what little legitimacy it had left, but I believe that the historical truth is much stronger and will prevail.

Benjamin Netanyahu

The theatre of the absurd at UNESCO continues and today the organisation adopted another delusional decision which says that the people of Israel have no connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.

Mounir Anstas

Israel pretends that in this decision Palestinians and the Arab group denies the historic and importance of the old city of Jerusalem to the Jewish people, actually if you read the third paragraph of the decision you will see that it starts by the r[...]

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

In the context of repeated violence against people and their heritage, this sentence of the International Criminal Court is a key element in the broader response to violent extremism.

Drissa Traore - International Federation for Human Rights

But this victory has an almost unfinished look ... We hope ICC will continue to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the most serious crimes committed in Mali, especially crimes of sexual violence.

Baba Haidara

Timbuktu is a religious, forgiving and tolerant city. Ahmad al-Faqi apologised and he regretted his actions. So, being a city of tolerance and Islam, I think it is a relief to us.

Tom Butler - International Council on Mining and Metals

The message is clear: we need urgent and collaborative action.

Tom Butler - International Council on Mining and Metals

The ecosystems that underpin our economies, well-being and survival are collapsing.

Christophe Najdovski

We want to pedestrianise the right bank because we want to give this magnificent space, part of the UNESCO World Heritage, back to Parisians.

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

It is important that the authorities investigate this killing and bring its perpetrators to justice. Impunity for crimes against journalists threatens media workers' ability to do their work and the public's access to independent and diverse sources[...]

Claudio Curado

He was very controversial in his city; he demanded answers from politicians, police, and local officials. We believe the crime has a political component. He questioned local politicians.

Farhad Badalbeyli

This is the year of multi-culturalism in Azerbaijan. We love to represent a variety of cultures at our festival and we're very proud of this.

Polad Bülbüloğlu

"It's a charge of energy for the future when young musicians can take part in such a prestigious international music festival,". "The atmosphere here really brings forth the spirit of kindness and friendship between all people and this is sorely nee[...]

Polad Bülbüloğlu

It's a charge of energy for the future when young musicians can take part in such a prestigious international music festival. The atmosphere here really brings forth the spirit of kindness and friendship between all people and this is sorely needed [...]

Denis Loctier

Palmyra was under control of the co-called Islamic State for almost a year. During that time, its architectural heritage was partially destroyed. The iconic Bel Temple and the Temple of Baalshamin, built more than 2000 years ago were left in ruins.

Maamoun Abdulkarim

We expected the worst because of the liberation fighting but I think the nightmare is over. The panoramic picture of Palmyra is fine.

Seamus Kearney - Euronews

There are 18 minarets inside the fortress, including the tallest in Uzbekistan. But really it's the blue minaret, near the main entrance, that's become the iconic image of Khiva.

Ramatoulaye N'Diaye Diallo

This reconstruction is about much more than walls. It's about morally rearming the Timbuktu communities and the Malian people.

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

Your work is a lesson in tolerance, dialogue and peace.

Seamus Kearney - Euronews

The scale of the monument is impressive, standing almost as high as a 15-storey building. And the dome on the top is the largest of its kind in Central Asia.

Abdulla Kalala

If they are searching for scud missiles they can go to the border of the military site, not to old Sana'a, the history of Yemen.

Bill Calderwood

And they (people around the world) have been following the challenges the country has faced since the earthquake, but many people around the world will be delighted to see the recovery and the resilience of the Nepalese people.

Charlie Winter

We're in the run up to Ramadan and I expect it's a bit of a propaganda surge for them, to cause a peak of interest. We cannot know for sure, but it's important to know that it's not a foregone conclusion that ISIL will destroy Palmyra.

Charlie Winter

I think this offensive has been long in the making, like Ramadi. ISIL is very keen on ensuring there is a perception of momentum around it.

Charlie Winter

ISIL knows it's got to win hearts and minds and keep the local population onside.

Mechtild Rössler

We are very concerned and upset about the situation, because Palmyra is one of the most important World Heritage sites. Also, it's also one of the first sites that we included on our list in 1980. It is a really important site, with Greek-Roman infl[...]

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

Palmyra is an unbelievable monument in the middle of the desert. It is a place where we see different cultures. From Rome, Byzantine and Persia, Greece and Islam … We can not permit that Palmyra will be destroyed.

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

Our position is very clear that heritage sites should not be used for military purposes.

Kimie Mihara

I survived because I was late for work. So I felt lucky because I was not here at the time but when I think of those who died because they were diligent and on time, I am just so sorry for them.

Claudia Cardinale

We all have to fight, politicians first of all but all of us. I am a UNESCO ambassador and I'm fighting on several fronts. And yet, I admit that when I see these terrible things, all these children…it's just awful.

Axel Plathe

The sites that are in these areas are counted by thousands. We of course are mostly concerned by the most emblematic sites: we have been shocked by the aggression against Hatra, which is a World Heritage Site – it's tantamount to aggressing the Pyra[...]

Adel Shirshab

We are still waiting for the Security Council to hold an extraordinary session. The world should bear the responsibility to put an end to the atrocities of militants, otherwise I think the terrorist groups will continue with their violent acts.

Axel Plathe

I don't think we are powerless in the mid-term to long-term. I believe that with a strong backing by the international community, by members of the Security Council, by the academic community – both the national Iraqi community and the international[...]

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

This tragedy is more than a cultural issue. It is a major security issue and we can see clearly how the terrorists are using the destruction of heritage as a terror strategy to destabilise and manipulate people, to ensure their domination.

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

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[...]

George Giacaman

UNESCO membership may be a moral victory for the Palestinians but there is no political advantage. It may put Palestine on the world map but it also creates a split between Europe and the United States.

Victoria Nuland

One of the the things that is most distressing about all this is that not a single thing changes on the ground for a single Palestinian. Life does not get better as a result of what has happened in UNESCO.

Mahmoud Abbas

Palestine's membership in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation represents a lot, politically and morally, since we have asked the Security Council to let Palestine be a member of the United Nations, and this request s[...]

Ferhat Aslan

Cultural festivals like this, which preserve our cultural heritage and values should be protected and kept alive. So what UNESCO is doing is of great importance for Hidirellez. It means it will not be forgotten but continued and passed on to future [...]

Lazare Eloundou - UNESCO

UNESCO will send a mission to assess the situation and define the immediate urgent priorities, in close cooperation with the local communities who have been maintaining this site for the past thousand years.

Francesco Bandarin - UNESCO

The site of Axum is at the heart of many projects. UNESCO collaborates with other organisations such as the world bank to make this possible – with all the importance it already has and the notoriety that this operation will bring, it's one of the [...]

Benita Ferrero Waldner

If I am responsible for UNESCO as new Director General I would give a lot of political profile and I would try to make UNESCO very visible.

Dae-Ho Kim

The South Korean government is creating 10 eco-tourism projects inside and around the DMZ. We are building tourist infrastructure and studying how to protect the environment and promote the regions near No-Man's Land. We are going to show off the DM[...]

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

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?

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

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[...]

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I hope that world leaders will come to the United Nations with their strong political will, determined will, to raise awareness of these issues and come with galvanised actions, which can happen on the ground.

Mahmoud Abbas

The time has come for my courageous and proud people, after decades of displacement and colonial occupation and ceaseless suffering, to live like other people of the earth, free in a sovereign independent homeland.

Alexy Makhlof - UNESCO

I think the psychological trauma for the kids is very, very serious here in Gaza. It comes back and back so practically it repeats itself and it's an extremely sad story so recovery not only (about) the buildings but of the soul.

Mustafa Demir

Sites which conform to the building regulations will naturally stay in place and be restored. But the others will be demolished. Under the new plan, we will build many more suitable houses and businesses.

Andrea Bolitho - Euronews

The imminent repercussions I would say in financial terms are some difficulties that we have with the financement from the United States. There are other, wider repercussions, maybe more political; there are those who praise us, those who accuse us.[...]

Luz Adriana Hernandez

There are mariachi schools all around the world and they are recognised, but here in Mexico unfortunately they took a long time for this recognition. The fact the school is giving us this certificate, well it opens up to doors to us as mariachi musi[...]

Arild Foerde

The people I met when I came down were very calm but you can see that it has had a deep impact on them. It is difficult to know what to say.

Igor Khanaev

If we compare the water of the lake with the water around the factory pipes, there is a difference in clarity. There are heavy substances present. When working in this area, we also saw traces of these substances on the surface of the water.

Abulfas Garayev

This is a forerunner of the modern game of polo. And our task is to save and restore traditions, to create equine centres, and to promote this game. We already organize championships and we see that this game is worth people's interest.

Daoud Kutab

Palestinian children have grown to like these wonderful creatures that light up their televisions and teach things like friendship, tolerance and mutual respect.

Juan Luis Arsuaga

It allows us to better understand how the evolution of the Neanderthals occurred, the characteristics of our species, the relationship between different species and the evolutionary lineages in these chronologies, close to half a million years ago.

Ali Ould Sidi

The nomads had moving libraries. When a camp struck, they buried manuscripts in leather sacks, and the people went on their way. Coming back months later, they knew the land and would dig up their library again. Some of them still have them, but in [...]

Sane Chirfi

There is geometry, medicine, history, geography, fairy tales.. And what's more secret than this are the sale certificates for slaves and the expropriation certificates.

Francesco Bandarin - UNESCO

In ten years we have completed a first cycle of ratifications, the establishment of the process, inscription of many sites. Now we have to do the second step. To create in all the member states the technical skills, the capacities, the institutional[...]

Bong Yeon Cho

Nobody's come here for nearly 60 years so the environment is untouched. It's a paradise for wild animals and plants. In winter there are thousands of eagles. And cranes too. There are many protected species.

Daniel Oren

Through the music you can go really very, very, very high and in this place in the desert you can achieve magical things.

Aysegul Kaya

This project is dreadful. They want to erase the memory of the city, the people who live here, and the legacy of their culture.There are traces of many different cultures and religions here and we must preserve them.

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

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 [...]

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

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[...]

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

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.

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

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[...]

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

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 [...]

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

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 heri[...]

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

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[...]

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

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 marr[...]

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