• The 2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report "Reaching the marginalized"

Irina Bokova and Dr. Jean-Marc Coicaud

January 19,2010

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Conversation of the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO with Dr. Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director of the United Nations University Office at the UN, New York.
This conversation took place during Mrs. Bokova's first official visit to the UN Headquarters and the United States as Director-General. Pointing out UNESCO's unique and ideal position to address global issues, Mrs. Bokova stated that today's most pressing challenges require an interdisciplinary approach. Dr. Coicaud also asked the Director-General about her priorities of increasing efforts on the development of Africa and on gender equality in addition to her 'new humanism' approach. Mrs. Bokova explained that this more inclusive approach entails looking at those affected at the margins of society while embracing greater respect for diversity, hence, the title of the 2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, "Reaching the marginalized". The Director-General also used an upcoming world report on cultural diversity, the first of its kind, as an example of this new approach within the work of UNESCO. Dr. Coicaud asked Mrs. Bokova how UNESCO reconciles having a modest budget and putting forward several global initiatives, including those focused on improving education, examining climate change and increasing gender equality. Mrs. Bokova emphasized that, although certain field operations exist, UNESCO is not a development aid agency, but rather an important voice in the policy world for standards, benchmarking and advocacy. The conversation concluded with Mrs. Bokova highlighting the importance of developing partnerships with other international entities, including the United Nations University, and civil society institutions and organizations.

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