Bulgaria's UNESCO Head Bokova, EU Commissioner Georgieva to Help Haiti

Diplomacy | February 17, 2010, Wednesday // 18:58|  views

Two very high-ranking Bulgarian women, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, and EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Kristalian Georgieva, met in Brussels Wednesday. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The two Bulgarians with highest international ranks, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Kristalina Georgieva, met in Brussels Wednesday to discuss the Haiti relief situation.

Bokova and Georgieva’s talks focused on the international aid for Haiti in the fields of education and culture.

“I believe that with respect to much of the activity of the organization that I have been in charge of for three months, the European Union, and especially the European Commission are a natural partner since we share many common values in the field of tolerance, cultural diversity, dialogue between cultures, education, science, communications, and preservation of cultural heritage,” said the UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova during their join press conference.

“As the Commissioner who is in charge of crisis response, for me our cooperation with UNESCO is especially important in the places where UNESCO has developed a full-fledged early warning system,” EU Commissioner for humanitarian aid, Kristalina Georgieva, stated in turn.

“In fact, there is already a relative small joint project between UNESCO and the EC exactly in the field of early warning in the event of a tsunami or other natural disasters in the places where UNESCO has the necessary resources,” Georgieva said.

As part of her work on humanitarian aid and crisis prevention, Georgieva has vowed to work with various global and local partners on the ground in order to be able to achieve more substantial results.

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Tags: Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner, humanitarian aid, UNESCO, UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova, Haiti, Haiti earthquake


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