UNESCO director general to visit Nepal to monitor post-quake recovery process


indexKATHMANDU, April 15 (Xinhua) — UNESCO Director -General Irina Bokova will travel to Nepal next week to monitor the post-earthquake recovery process of the country, the UNESCO office said here on Friday.

Director General Bokova will be visiting Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha which is enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

During her stay she will also visit UNESCO’s project sites, including the World Heritage sites and the Community Learning Center, the UN body said in a statement.

Joint programs by UNESCO and the government of Nepal in the fields of education and culture will also be launched during her stay from April 17 to 19, 2016, the UNESCO said.

Bokova is scheduled to meet Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister K.P Sharma Oli, Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa and senior officials of the government to further discuss cooperation between Nepal and UNESCO in all fields of the Organization’s competence, especially in the efforts of post-earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation.

The visit will also give momentum to expanding UNESCO programs in the fields of education, culture, science and media development, the UNESCO said.

Nepal became a member of UNESCO in May 1953. The UNESCO Office in Kathmandu was established in 1998.

In close partnership with the government of Nepal, UNESCO has focused on attaining a quality Education for all, gender equality and adult literacy.

 

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