PHOTOS & VIDEO - The Inaugural IDP Foundation-Irene D. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture on Social and Economic Development with UNESCO's DG Irina Bokova

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Foreign Policy Association
IDP Foundation, Inc.
UNESCO New York Office

Event Details

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
United Nations
Trusteeship Council Chamber
Entrance on 46th Street and 1st Ave
New York City, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Transcripts and Video


The Foreign Policy Association, IDP Foundation Inc. and the UNESCO New York Office hosted the Inaugural IDP Foundation-Irene D. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture on Social and Economic Development address by Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO.

The IDP Foundation is a private foundation and 501(c)3 organization co-founded by Irene Pritzker with her daughter Liesel in 2008.  The IDP Rising Schools Program, which supports low-cost private schools, is improving the accessibility and quality of education in impoverished communities throughout Ghana.




Introductory Remarks by Noel V. Lateef and Luis Ubinas 

Irina Bokova

Concluding Remarks by Irene D. Pritzker







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Event Speakers

    • DG Irina Bokova - Speaker
      Director General, UNESCO New York Office

      Irina Bokova, born on 12 July 1952 in Sofia (Bulgaria) has been the Director-General of UNESCO since 15 November 2009. She is the first woman to have been elected head of the Organization.

      Having graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and studied at the University of Maryland (Washington) and the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University), Irina Bokova joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria in 1977, where she was responsible for human rights issues. Appointed in charge of political and legal affairs at the Permanent Mission of Bulgaria to the United Nations in New York, she was also a member of the Bulgarian Delegation at the United Nations conferences on the equality of women in Copenhagen (1980), Nairobi (1985) and Beijing (1995). As Member of Parliament (1990-1991 and 2001-2005), she participated in the drafting of Bulgaria’s new Constitution, which contributed significantly to the country’s accession to the European Union. She launched the first seminar of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the European Convention on Human Rights.

      Irina Bokova was Minister for Foreign Affairs and Coordinator of Bulgaria-European Union relations (1995-1997) and subsequently Ambassador of Bulgaria (2005-2009) to France, Monaco and UNESCO  and Personal Representative of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria to the "Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie" (OIF). While serving as State Secretary on European Integration and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Bokova always promoted European integration. As an active member of many international expert networks and of civil society and, in particular, as Chairperson and founding member of the European Policy Forum, she has worked to overcome European divisions and to foster the values of dialogue, diversity, human dignity and human rights.

      Irina Bokova has received doctor honoris causa from many prestigious universities across the world.

      In addition to her mother tongue, Irina Bokova speaks English, French, Spanish and Russian.

    • DG Irina Bokova

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