Irina Bokova

Israel suspends cooperation with UNESCO after Jerusalem vote

Israel suspended cooperation with UNESCO on Friday after the UN cultural organisation adopted two resolutions on the occupied Palestinian territories including annexed east Jerusalem ahead of a final vote next week.

Oct 14, 2016, 21:35 PM IST

Bulgaria changes candidate for UN secretary-general: PM

Bulgaria switched on Wednesday its support from UNESCO chief Irina Bokova to European Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva as its candidate for UN secretary-general, potentially shaking up the race.

Sep 28, 2016, 13:48 PM IST
Former Portugal prime minister Guterres front runner to be next UN chief

Former Portugal prime minister Guterres front runner to be next UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon steps down at the end of 2016 after two five-year terms.

Jul 22, 2016, 08:30 AM IST

UNESCO chief seeks to calm anger over Jerusalem holy site

The UN cultural body on Monday sought to calm anger over a resolution on a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site which saw Israel accuse it of seeking to "rewrite history".

Apr 19, 2016, 00:46 AM IST

Masons rebuild Timbuktu tombs after militant destruction

 Malian masons have rebuilt eight mausoleums destroyed by Islamist militants that took over the desert city of Timbuktu in 2012, the United Nations and Malian officials said.

Jul 20, 2015, 10:14 AM IST

UNESCO condemns IS destruction of Syria's Palmyra antiquities

UNESCO has condemned the destruction by Islamic State group jihadists of antiquities in the Syrian city of Palmyra, describing it as an attempt to strip the people of their heritage in order "to enslave them".

Jul 04, 2015, 03:21 AM IST

Christiane Amanpour appointed UNESCO goodwill ambassador

The UNESCO on Thursday appointed renowned journalist Christiane Amanpour as the goodwill ambassador for freedom of expression and journalist safety.

Apr 30, 2015, 14:45 PM IST

UN peacekeepers must protect cultural sites: UNESCO chief

UN culture chief Irina Bokova urged the Security Council on Monday to task peacekeepers with protecting cultural sites and to help prosecute those who destroy historical treasures.

Apr 28, 2015, 05:55 AM IST

PM Modi to visit memorial for Indian soldiers in France

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay homage to the thousands of Indian soldiers killed in WWI at a memorial in the French city of Lille and will also visit the southern city of Toulouse during his visit to France beginning on Thursday evening.

Apr 07, 2015, 16:13 PM IST

PM Narendra Modi to visit Unesco on April 10

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visiting the Unesco headquarters on April 10 to meet its director general Irina Bokova and address various issues, a statement said on Wednesday.

Apr 01, 2015, 13:40 PM IST
UNESCO condemns IS destruction of ancient Iraq city as `war crime`

UNESCO condemns IS destruction of ancient Iraq city as `war crime`

The head of UNESCO condemned on Friday the destruction of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq by the Islamic State group, saying it amounted to a "war crime".

Mar 06, 2015, 15:56 PM IST

UNESCO chief decries 'cultural cleansing' in IS video

The leader of the UN cultural agency is denouncing the Islamic State group's destruction of ancient statues and artifacts as "cultural cleansing" and a war crime that the world must punish.

Feb 27, 2015, 21:50 PM IST

UN cultural body appeals to ICC over Iraq heritage destruction

UNESCO chief Irina Bokova called Friday on the International Criminal Court to look into the destruction of priceless artefacts by jihadists in Iraq that has caused outrage globally.

Feb 27, 2015, 21:12 PM IST

UNESCO demands crisis meet over Iraq heritage destruction

The head of the United Nations' cultural agency has demanded an emergency meeting of the world body's Security Council following the mass destruction by jihadists of ancient artefacts in Iraq.

Feb 27, 2015, 04:41 AM IST

Unesco wants protected cultural zones in Syria, Iraq

 Unesco chief Irina Bokova Thursday called for creation of protected cultural zones around heritage sites in conflict-hit Syria and Iraq.

Dec 04, 2014, 20:27 PM IST

UNESCO supports Iraq against destruction of cultural heritage

Baghdad: UNESCO chief Irina Bokova Sunday voiced support for the Iraqi government against "barbaric" destruction of the Iraqi cultural heritage, as the Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS) destroyed several ancient sites in the country.

Nov 03, 2014, 07:06 AM IST

UNESCO chief slams 'barbaric' destruction of Iraq heritage

UNESCO chief Irina Bokova today slammed the "barbaric" destruction of Iraq's cultural heritage, as jihadists from the Islamic State group destroy age-old sites in areas they control.

Nov 02, 2014, 22:45 PM IST

Night shifts still problematic for female journalists: Expert

Freedom of opinion and expression has to be spread to all parts of the world as a vital element for the promotion of social progress and human dignity, said Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day-2014.

May 03, 2014, 11:31 AM IST

UNESCO chief visits two biosphere reserves in Nicaragua

UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova inspected two of the three biosphere reserves in Nicaragua to get a firsthand look at their condition, first lady Rosario Murillo said.

May 10, 2013, 18:06 PM IST

Make women part of the solution to global challenges: UNESCO chief

Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, explained how the gap between the knowledge and decision making is a big bottleneck in the path towards sustainable development globally.

Nov 20, 2012, 11:36 AM IST