Irina Bokova in Venice

November 3, 2016 3.30pm Aula Baratto, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Venice hosts the Bulgarian political, Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, for the awarding of the title of Honorary Fellow that the University Ca 'Foscari had assigned to her in 2012. Before the proclamation and the consignment of the title will be held a lectio magistralis in English about “Fostering cultural diversity as a shared heritage to build peace”. An important day to remember the value of the Italian cultural heritage, as historical knowledge for the future generations and a vital pillar for the economy of the country.

The Academic Senate of Ca’ Foscari resolved to grant to Irina Bokova, General Director of UNESCO, the title of  "Ca' Foscari University Honorary Fellow" for being an authoritative advocate for freedom of expression, freedom of movement of ideas and the free exchange of knowledge and for strengthening the role of UNESCO as international leader in the promotion of peace and sustainable development through the growth of culture, education and science. The grant will remember also the launching of a new global initiative "Culture: a Bridge to Development" and strongly emphasizing the importance of culture for development and its contribution to achieving internationally agreed development goals ("Millennium Development Goals"). Finally it will be recalled the commitment of the Director Bokova for passing a new strategy "UNESCO in a Globalised World: New Humanism for the 21st Century", aimed at adjusting UNESCO to cope with new global challenges.

For further information: Ca'Foscary University


November 4-5, 2016 Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice

As part of the events organized in town, to commemorate the great flood of 1966, the UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova will be among the speakers at the international conference of studies organized by the Giorgio Cini Foundation on 4th and 5th November, concerning the future of Venice. Sustainability of local commons with a fair globalization: the case of Venice and its lagoon is the title of the meeting that will be attended by 15 international experts from different disciplines: economics, ecology, political science, sociology, tourism, urban planning, law and cultural heritage. In two days they will present ideas and propose solutions, taking a new point of view from the situation of Venice and its lagoon, an exemplary case of local common good of global value.

For further information: Fondazione Giorgio Cini


The UNESCO General Director, Irina Bokova was also received by the Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro. Together they shared the action to be all united to maintain the cultural heritage of of Venice and its Lagoon, an outstanding universal value for whole the humanity. A fruitful period of collaboration between Venice and UNESCO must be restarted, to find concrete solutions for the future of the city, its citizens and future generations.