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Lavrov calls for Russia's broader representation in UNESCO Secretariat

April 21, 2014, 20:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, April 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia would like to see more of its representatives in UNESCO’s Secretariat and broader use of the Russian language at the organization’s events in order to strengthen ties with this international body, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“Russia is one of the most active members of UNESCO. We have many things to offer our partners in the organization. Russia is ready to generously share its ample experience in order to effectively solve the tasks facing UNESCO,” Lavrov said at a meeting marking the 60th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s accession to this UN body.

UNESCO “makes a significant contribution to the resolution of issues concerning educational, scientific and cultural cooperation”, he said.

“The world is going through a transitional period when a new multi-centre system of international relations is being formed. This process has been accompanied by increased turbulence and global competition, including in the search for development patterns,” the minister said.

“In this situation, broad humanitarian and cultural cooperation in the search for a balanced agenda in international relations becomes increasingly important,” he said. “It is hard to overestimate the role of UNESCO as an intellectual centre within the UN system, a forum called upon to protect cultural heritage and the environment, and to strengthen dialogue between civilizations,” Lavrov said.

He reaffirmed “Russia’s commitment to the noble goals of UNESCO”. “It’s hard to imagine the development of communications, science and culture in Russia without UNESCO. And it’s hard to imagine the development of UNESCO projects without Russia,” he said.

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