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Mrs Audrey Azoulay seeks Ghana’s support for UNESCO’s candidature

Accra, July 24, GNA –
The Former French Communication and Culture Minister, Mrs Audrey Azoulay was in
Accra to seek Ghana’s support for her candidature in the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Director General’s
race.

A statement issued by
the French Embassy and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Monday said the visit
was in prospect of her candidacy for the position of UNESCO Director-General as
elections to the executive committee of the organisation, which comes off in
October.

It said Mrs Azoulay,
on her tour, met with the President Nana Akufo-Addo, Minister of Tourism and
Creative arts, Mrs Catherine Afeku and various Ghanaian personalities from the
cultural sector.

The statement said Mrs
Azoulay’s visit to Accra enabled her to develop her ideas and projects which
she plans to implement particularly where UNESCO’s activities in Africa are
concerned, reaffirming her readiness to ensure the empowerment of individuals
through the promotion of science and culture.

It said in this
regard, she emphasised on the importance she attached to the development of
education and the structures which encourage the thriving of the youth on every
level.  

“Education is
essential for limiting the influence of identity politics and for encouraging
openness. It affords people the opportunity to discover and share in exchanges
of knowledge and common values, which are based on mutual respect. This is why
I will make education my priority,” she affirmed.

Mrs Azoulay also
revealed her vision for Africa. According to her, UNESCO’s objectives need to
be reaffirmed, particularly in Africa by harnessing its wide networking
capacity, which represents the organisation’s strength and is also an
innovative means of promoting education, international training and cooperation
among universities.

The statement said
along with the Ambassador of France, Mr François Pujolas, Mrs Azoulay had a
meeting with Mr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Deputy Minister of Education.

It said next, she met
a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Charles Owiredu after which she was
received at the Flagstaff House for an audience with the President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The statement said Mrs
Azoulay was finally hosted at a reception at the Residence of France, with
former President John Agyekum Kufuor, the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mrs
Afeku as well as other personalities from the cultural sector in attendance.

The statement said the
UNESCO Director General hopeful in her discussions with these personalities,
spoke on her vision for Africa and Ghana, for that matter, and on the policies
which she planned to introduce or to reinforce.

It noted that Mrs
Azoulay’s tour was also marked by a visit of the Osu Castle, which is along
with other forts in Ghana listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

GNA

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