Noor becomes president of UNESCO’s cultural project

Cultural Correspondent
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017


Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor has been officially elected President of the 6th session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions for two years. The election took place on June 13 at the headquarter of UNESCO in Paris. Indonesia first proposed his name then India and Italy too proposed his name. Finally he got votes from 44 countries for his position. He will overlook all the thirteen agendas included in the convention for the next two years. The conference started on June 12 and will run till June 15.


It was earlier informed via mail by the UNESCO that Bangladesh will chair the session representing the Asia Pacific region. Bangladesh was officially nominated the president of Asia Pacific region on June 13. On the same day Asaduzzaman Noor was elected president for two years.


Noor thanked the voting countries for electing him President and stated that it has been Bangladesh’s long commitment for preserving cultural diversity. The historic language movement of 1952 bears testimony to this.


He further said Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had taken initiative to establish International Mother Language Institute in Dhaka as a UNESCO Category II Institute dedicated to the protection and promotion of all mother languages of the world.


During the conference, M Shahidul Islam, Ambassador of Bangladesh to France and Permanent Representative to UNESCO announced Bangladesh Government’s decision to donate US dollars 10,000 to UNESCO for supporting developing countries to strengthen their cultural and creative industries for sustainable development and poverty reduction.


The other members of the delegation included Surayya Akhtar Jahan, Cultural Adviser; Farhana Ahmed Chowdhury, First Secretary and Saimon Zakaria, Assistant Director of Bangla Academy.

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