Takeaways – Director-General Irina Bokova

August 16, 2016   Reading Time: < 1 minute

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Date: 16 August 2016

Speaker: Madam Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO

Title: Soft Power for Peace and Development – UNESCO and the SDGs

  • Madam Bokova stated that the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Change Agreement must be seen as a single agenda; one which emphasizes inclusivity and national ownership of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • She emphasized inclusive and equitable quality education (Sustainable Development Goal 4) as the starting point for this agenda, and elaborated on the efforts UNESCO had made to ensure access to quality education, both globally and in Sri Lanka.
  • Madam Bokova also commended the Sri Lankan government for its efforts to promote the rule of law and good governance, in the context of promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development (Sustainable Development Goal 16).

Click here to listen to Madam Bokova’s lecture.


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