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Tuesday 14 November 2017

New UNESCO Chief Pays Tribute to Morocco

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New UNESCO Chief Pays Tribute to Morocco

Newly-elected director general of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Audrey Azoulay paid tribute, Monday, to Morocco for its diversity and multiculturalism.

"I grew up in France and Morocco, a country of cultural diversity which is a remarkable asset," she said in her installation speech as new head of the UN body.

Azoulay also paid tribute to France which is defending a human vision for the world and which was hit by the 2015 tragic Paris attacks.

Culture and education are the best weapon against ignorance and obscurantism, she underlined.

Azoulay also called for elaborating a collective strategy as part of multiculturalism, based on science, education and culture, in line with the present challenges.

Azoulay, who will replace outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova, will take office on Nov. 15. She is the 11th Director-General of UNESCO and the second woman to occupy this position.