On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Germany’s accession to UNESCO, Minister of State Cornelia Pieper has emphasized the significance of the UNESCO topics education, science and culture for the international community. In this connection, Minister of State Pieper issued the following statement today (23 June):
“Education is the key to a tolerant and just society everywhere in the world. Education counteracts prejudice. Education protects against discrimination. Education promotes equality and respect. Good education policy is peace policy.”
Together with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokowa, Minister of State Pieper is participating today in the General Assembly of the German Commission for UNESCO in the Federal Foreign Office’s Weltsaal. As the third largest contributor, the Federal Republic of Germany has played an active role within UNESCO ever since its accession to it. Currently, Germany is deputy chair of UNESCO’s Executive Board and stands as candidate for the World Heritage Committee.
Minister of State Pieper expressly welcomed the fact that Director-General Bokowa will also travel to Dresden during her visit to Germany. The Dresden Elbe Valley was removed from the World Heritage List in 2009 due to the construction of the Waldschlösschen Bridge.