On 7 March 2014 Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, met with representatives of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee. The meeting was held in Ms. Bokova’s office, at the Headquarters of the Organization in Paris, where the cooperation between UNESCO and non-governmental organization from around the world was discussed.
Participants in the meeting were Mr. Patrick Gallaud, President of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee and the International Conference of NGOs, Ms. Petya Zelenski, representative of Sozopol Foundation to the Committee, and other representatives of non-governmental organizations, members of the Committee.
Mr. Gallaud introduced Ms. Bokova to the work implemented by the Liaison Committee since the beginning of the mandate of its present composition – all past events, celebrations of international days and meetings. He presented to the Director General future projects on which the Committee is currently working. Other subjects of the discussion were the two upcoming international forums in 2014 in Sozopol, Bulgaria, hosted by Sozopol Foundation, and in the Ivory Coast.
Mr. Gallaud assured Ms. Bokova that non-governmental organizations can greatly assist the work of UNESCO. He stated that the Liaison Committee, in cooperation with NGOs, has the capacity to hold large-scale events.
Ms. Bokova expressed her satisfaction of the cooperation between non-governmental organizations and the UNESCO Secretariat, and she determined it as dynamic. She said that UNESCO relies heavily on the work and support of civil society and the Liaison Committee, and stressed that the Organization needs them in order to enable its appeals and messages to reach everyone.