Today, November 16, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
On the eve of the UNESCO anniversary, Grigory Ordzhonikidze, Executive Secretary of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, took part in the online discussion “Cultural and Spiritual Foundations of International Public Relations: Culture and Humanitarian Security”, organized by the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly.
In his welcoming speech to the participants of the discussion, he noted in particular:
- UNESCO has always been based on the idea that the peaceful development of humanity should be based not on military-political and economic mechanisms, but first of all on the intellectual, spiritual and moral solidarity of humanity. Over the years of its existence, UNESCO has firmly established itself as the humanitarian foundation of the system of international relations, a unique multilateral forum for strengthening peace and security by expanding cooperation among peoples in the fields of education, science and culture, in the interests of ensuring universal respect, justice, the rule of law, fundamental freedoms and human rights.
At this difficult moment in modern history that all countries of the world without exception experience now, there is an urgent need to think about preserving the universal cultural space we lived in before the global coronavirus pandemic and will live in the future. We must not allow destroying the civilizational foundations that are one of the main values of humanity.
Once again, I would like to express my gratitude to the international Union of non-governmental organizations “Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly” for organizing various events aimed at uniting the efforts of NGOs and promoting the ideas of peace-making, interethnic dialogue and cultural and humanitarian cooperation.
“Culture, science and education are the highest values, the main subject of consideration for UNESCO and the main components of the formation of human capital, human potential, which determines the identity and character of the society in which we live,” - added UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Deputy Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly, Doctor of Philosophy Alexandra Ochirova.
The current UNESCO Strategy has been approved until 2021. According to this strategy, the declared priority areas of action are the problems of Africa, achievement of gender equality, support of young people and ensuring the availability of education.
According to the Charter, the main goal of UNESCO is “to achieve international peace and the general welfare of mankind through the cooperation of peoples in the field of education, science and culture”.