Brazil-UNESCO Cooperation Celebrated in Paris

An exhibition presenting the work accomplished by UNESCO in Brazil over several decades will be displayed from July 13 to August 11 in Miró Hall, at the UNESCO’s headquarter in Paris.

The President of Brazil, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, and the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will inaugurate the exhibition on July 13 at 3:30 p.m., in the presence of several ministers, members of parliament and other prominent Brazilians.

Participants will include Gilberto Gil, Minister of Culture and a UNESCO Artist for Peace; Tarso Genro, Minister of Education; Matilde Ribeiro, Minister for the Promotion of Racial Equality; Carlos Mário da Silva Veloso, Minister to the Supreme Court of Justice; Sérgio Amaral, Brazilian Ambassador to France; Antonio Augusto Dayrell de Lima, Brazilian Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO; and several senators and deputies.

Two UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, Lily Marinho and Milú Villela, will attend, as well as personalities from the business world, singer Daniela Mercury and author Paulo Coelho.

The exhibition, staged with the support of the airline company TAM, retraces 60 years of close collaboration between UNESCO and Brazil, one of the Organization’s founding members.

When UNESCO’s National Commissions were created, Brazil was the first to develop this type of cooperation, through the Brazilian Institute for Education, Science and Culture (IBECC).

Today, the Brasí­lia office is the largest of UNESCO’s field offices around the world.

Photos, drawings, graphics and texts (in Portuguese and French) on 14 large panels will present UNESCO’s activity in Brazil in its various fields of competence.

One of the panels shows a chronological table of the Organization’s initiatives, with the Brazilian response to conventions and projects and the participation of intellectuals, diplomats and Brazilian celebrities in UNESCO’s activities and decisions.

It illustrates what Jorge Werthein, the UNESCO representative to Brazil, has called "the convergence between UNESCO’s principles and the policies implemented in Brazil."

The exhibit will also highlight the extensive network of partnerships developed in Brazil, especially in education – "a sacred investment" according to President Lula da Silva – and social integration, notably through the projects Abrindo Espaços, Escola Aberta, Brasil Alfabetizado and the Fundo do Milênio para a Primeira Infância.

Cultural diversity and national heritage are featured as key ingredients for building a sustainable society, as well as other issues that concern UNESCO such as the fight against discrimination, information for all, and access to science and technology.

Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado’s book O Berço da Desigualdade (The Cradle of Inequality), will be launched at the inauguration. Published by UNESCO, it contains text by Senator Cristovam Buarque, former Minister of Education.

A project is being developed on this same theme in partnership with Canal Futura, an educational television channel supported by 13 private sector Brazilian companies.
 
UNESCO – www.unesco.org

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

The List of the Undone in Lula’s Brazil

As a reader of O Estado de S. Paulo pointed out, during the thirteen ...

Brazil’s Largest Producer of Papaya Wants Fruit Taken Out of Exotic List

In the sunny land of EspÀ­rito Santo, in southeastern Brazil, more precisely in Linhares, ...

Brazilian Justice Orders Passports to Be Returned to US Pilots in 72 Hours

Joe Lepore and Jan Paladino, the two American pilots who have been retained in ...

Mouth- watering Bit

OTHER BRAZILIAN FOODS By Habeeb Salloum The first time I entered a restaurant in ...

Brazil Opens Agroecology School with Venezuelan Help

Establishing an exchange network among peasant farmers throughout Latin America is one of the ...

Brazilian Indians Get Land, But Can’t Use It

On March 29, the bounds of the À‘ande Ru Marangatu indigenous land, located in ...

Defending the Amazon

Cavalcanti is the author of three projects proposing a referendum, as the Constitution determines, ...

Will US See Brazil-France Alliance as Declaration of War? Brazil Won’t Care

The recently signed agreements between Brazil and France are about much more than the ...

Brazil Hiking Fuel Prices, But Only After October Presidential Elections

Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil, admitted her government might increase domestic fuel prices ...

Brazil Remembers Two Martyrs of the Left

On March 31, 1964, a military uprising overthrew the legal government of Brazil and ...