On Tuesday 24 April, UNESCO-IHE, in cooperation with the City of Delft and Delfland Water Board, will host the UN Water Talks. This year’s talk will be held by the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova. She will reflect on the role of the United Nations and UNESCO in mediation and conflict negotiation, and specifically, on the current state of water diplomacy.
Irina Bokova is a Bulgarian diplomat and politician, and has been elected Director-General of UNESCO since November 2009 by the member states of UNESCO. She is the first woman to have been elected head of the Organization.
She was also Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador of Bulgaria to various countries. 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.
About UN Water Talks
UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education is launching the first of a new series of events called 'UN Water Talks' in collaboration with the City of Delft and the Delfland Water Board. Current and former dignitaries of the United Nations will be invited as keynote speakers, and be asked to reflect on a variety of current issues. The target audience of the UN Water Talks is first and foremost young professionals, the next generation of water leaders from developing countries.
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The event will be made available on the UNESCO-IHE website: www.unesco-ihe.org/unwatertalks.