Unesco's Bokova visits Pohamba

06 Jun 2013 12:40
WINDHOEK, 06 JUN (NAMPA) - The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco)?s Director-General, Irina Bokova says her organisation is committed to assisting Namibia to fight various challenges.
Bokova, who paid a courtesy call on President Hifikepunye Pohamba at State House on Thursday, said the challenges faced by Africa in general and Namibia in particular are priorities for her organisation.
She explained that Unesco works in critical areas such as education, skills transfer, risk production and climate change, amongst other things.
Namibia, she added, has found its rightful place on the Unesco Executive Board, before commending Namibia for having tackled issues such as climate change.
Bokova, who arrived in the country on Thursday, was set to meet with various ministers and deputy ministers to look at how Unesco can continue to strengthen its efforts in supporting Namibia in the fields of skills for the youth, training of teachers, mitigating climate change and targets for 2030.
?Sometimes through our unique expertise we can assist you to find solutions for the challenges faced by Namibia,? the Unesco DG stressed.
Welcoming her to State House, the Head of State commended Unesco for assisting Africa and Namibia in various fields.
He added that Unesco did not start assisting Namibia after Independence only, but also during the liberation struggle.
Meanwhile, Bokova also paid courtesy calls on Prime Minister Hage Geingob, Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
She was in addition expected to have a joint meeting with various ministers and deputy ministers with relations to Unesco's fields of competency.
These include the ministers and deputy ministers of Agriculture, Water and Forestry; Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture; Information and Communication Technology; Gender Equality and Child Welfare; and Education; as well as Namibian representatives on the Unesco Executive Board.
The visit ends on Friday.
(NAMPA)
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