Special Message recorded for the Summit Special Edition 2020

Irina Bokova 

Director-General (2009-2017)

Professor Irina Bokova was Director-General of UNESCO from 2009 to 2017, during which time she was actively engaged in the adoption of UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, particularly on inclusive and equitable quality education and life-long learning for all, promoting the critical role of science for development, gender equality, and the protection of the world’s cultural heritage. She was particularly active in the defence of cultural heritage during conflicts in Mali, Syria, and Iraq, and in denouncing the destruction of heritage as a tool of war.

Currently, Irina Bokova is a Member of the Board of “Ban Ki Moon Centre for Global Citizens”; Member of the Board of Governors of the UN University of Peace; Co-Chair of the Commission for Global Scientific Missions for Sustainability, established by the International Science Council; Member of the Strategic Committee of the Paris School of International Affairs at SciencesPo. Her important humanitarian work and her advocacy through cultural diplomacy has been recognised by governments across the world.