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Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:00 - Updated Mon, 18 Nov 2019 14:10

Angola, UNESCO discuss cooperation

Luanda - Angola's minister of State for the Social Affairs Carolina Cerqueira Thursday in Paris, France, discussed the strengthening of cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

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Minister Carolina Cerqueira with assistant director general of UNESCO, Firmin Matoko

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Carolina Cerqueira said that the meeting with Assistant Director-General of UNESCO Firmin Matoko focused on the institution's availability to continue working with the Angolan government, in particular, with the involvement of the African Union (AU), on the second edition of Luanda Biennial - Pan African Forum for the Culture of Peace.

Carolina Cerqueira also informed that UNESCO has presented a proposal on strengthening the technical and human capacities of its representation in the Southern African Region, with greater involvement of Angola.

"We will study the proposal and find a common understanding to better represent the organisation and work for Africans," said the Angolan official.

According to the minister, the meeting, held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, also served to take stock of the results of the first edition of Luanda Biennale.

The 18-22 September Luanda Biennale aimed to develop and strengthen a culture of peace and nonviolence, triggering a Pan-African movement that promotes cultural diversity and African unity.

The minister presented on Wednesday the ongoing Government programmes to mitigate the effects of poverty, water shortage and social support for communities in the fields of health, education and family farming.

The Paris Forum on Peace, started on Tuesday, is discussing various topics, with stress to multilateralism, education, combat poverty, climate change and cybernetics.

Other topics include the inclusion of minorities in diversified societies, the role of education in changing the world, youth in political decision-making and the fight against corruption through information and the social reintegration of children as reduced mobility.

On Thursday, Carolina Cerqueira also took part in the global debate on Youth.

The event gathered  representatives from various countries with Heads of State to discuss issues on multilateralism and the future of youth, options and solutions.

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