Ms Irina Bokova

Marbella, Spain - 24 January 2016 (InterEcoForum): The Director-General of The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Ms Irina Bokova has confirmed her participation in the VI InterEcoForum which takes place in Marbella on the 23rd and 24th of March 2017. UNESCO and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in 2013 forged a new cooperation agreement that consolidates efforts in sustainable tourism and the protection of natural and cultural heritage. This cooperation culminated in the proclamation of 2017 as the UN Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

Elected as Director-General of UNESCO in 2009 and re-elected for a second term in 2013, Ms Bokova is actively engaged in international efforts to advance gender equality, quality education for all, and combat terrorist financing by preventing the illicit traffic of cultural goods. A leading champion in the fight against racism and anti-Semitism, Bokova has spearheaded UNESCO’s activities on Holocaust remembrance and awareness and is the first Director-General of the Organization to appoint a Special Envoy for Holocaust Education. She is a leading advocate for ensuring quality education for all and has championed gender equality, making this her own personal priority for the Organization. Other fields of action include enabling scientific cooperation for sustainable development, such as early warning systems for tsunamis or trans-boundary water management agreements and global advocacy for the safety of journalists and freedom of expression.

Irina Bokova was Minister for Foreign Affairs a.i. of Bulgaria, Coordinator of Bulgaria-European Union relations and Ambassador of Bulgaria to France, Monaco and UNESCO. Ms Bokova holds an MBA in International Relations (1976) from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), which is a co-organiser of InterEcoForum. She speaks English, Spanish, Russian, French and Bulgarian. 

Ms Irina Bokova will take part in the closing ceremony of VI InterEcoForum on 24th of March. Marbella will host the sixth instalment of the InterEcoForum, an annual international event dedicated to Sustainable Development. The focus this year is "Sustainable Tourism for Development" to lend support to the homonymous UN International Year. Along with the scientific conference, which will be attended by high-level representatives of relevant ministries and public administration, the Forum will include workshops and a fam tour. The event is co-organised by MGIMO University, Moscow, United Nations Association of Russia, Municipality of Marbella, Spain.

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