Dr. Al Kawari highlights Unesco plan at Italian parliament
22 Sep 2016 - 15:11
Rome: H E Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kawari, Cultural Adviser at the Emiri Diwan and Qatar’s candidate for the post of the Director-General of Unesco, yesterday presented his programme for his tenure to the Italian parliament.
In a speech, he highlighted the main points of his programme and said the role of Unesco should gain more prominence, as it should promote a culture of peace in light of conflicts across the globe.
He praised Qatar and Italy for with Unesco and said Italy in particular was important to his campaign due to its keenness to promote culture and enhance security. The Italian government plans to invest in culture as a way to counter extremist ideas that lead to the formation of terrorist groups, he said.
Dr. Al Kawari also highlighted Qatar’s support to Unesco’s heritage funds and educational programmes, particularly those for children. MPs asked him about several points in his programme, and said they were pleased with it after hearing Dr. Al Kawari’s response to their questions.
Dr. Al Kawari was accompanied by Qatar’s Ambassador to Italy Abdulaziz Ahmad Al Malki on his visit to Rome.
Earlier, Dr. Al Kawari met Italy’s Minister of Education, Universities and Research Stefania Giannini and presented his programme. They also discussed Unesco’s relations with Italy, which one of the important supporters.
Dr. Al Kawari also met Uberto Vanni d’Archirafi, Diplomatic Adviser to Italy’s Minister of Cultural Assets and Tourism. Talks dealt with heritage and its importance in international relations and Unesco’s role in maintaining it.
D’Archirafi praised Qatar’s efforts and support in the field of protecting heritage. Qatar’s Ambassador to Italy Abdulaziz bin Ahmed Al Malki and several Italian officials were present.