First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Andrey Denisov met in Moscow with UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova on September 27.
During their meeting they discussed a broad spectrum of issues relating to cooperation between Russia and UNESCO. A special place in the conversation was occupied by themes of education and intercultural dialogue. Russia’s active cooperation with this leading international humanitarian organization in all its activities was noted and ways of further strengthening the cooperation were outlined.
Irina Bokova is visiting the Russian Federation in relation to her participation in the opening in Moscow of the UNESCO World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education, which will summarize the global experience of preschool education and develop a proper strategy. The UNESCO Director General will attend the second All-Russia Congress of UNESCO Chairs, convened to examine ways to enhance interaction between the Organization and centers of advanced scientific expertise in Russian universities, and will deliver a lecture at MGIMO (University).
Educational issues were discussed in detail during Irina Bokova’s meeting with Russian Minister of Education and Science Andrei Fursenko.
The visit program also envisions her meeting with Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill to discuss practical options of work on interfaith dialogue in the framework of UNESCO.
During the visit, Irina Bokova signed a Memorandum of cooperation between UNESCO and the Government of the Yaroslavl Region. It is also scheduled to sign a document on cooperation with Russian news agency RIA-Novosti.