UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and President of the National Commission for UNESCO, Mr Edward Nalbandian, at UNESCO Headquarters on 21 December.
On this occasion, the Minister reiterated his country's support for UNESCO's programmes and his Government’s readiness to further strengthen cooperation with UNESCO in all areas of its competence - in the field of culture, particularly the implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005), as well as in the fields of youth empowerment, women's empowerment, and adaptation to climate change.
The Minister also invited UNESCO to take an active part in the XVII Summit of La Francophonie, which Yerevan will host in October 2018, and which will be on the theme of "Living together in La Francophonie".
The Director-General thanked the Minister for his country's commitment to UNESCO. She congratulated Armenia for having been chosen to host the next Francophonie Summit, whose theme is at the heart of UNESCO's mission, and she confirmed the Organization's willingness to contribute actively to this important event through joint activities.
The Director-General and the Minister also underlined the key role of HE Mr Charles Aznavour, as Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Armenia to UNESCO, in strengthening cooperation and their wish to develop new joint activities, which will benefit from his experience and international reputation.