Ham­dan opens Unesco hall in Paris

Ham­dan and Bokova un­veil plaque of new­lyren­o­vated Unesco Con­fer­ence Hall

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Shaikh Ham­dan Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, yes­ter­day opened the con­fer­ence hall in the Unesco head­quar­ters in Paris.

He gave a speech dur­ing the 39th ses­sion of the Unesco gen­eral con­fer­ence in the pres­ence Dr Irina Bokova, Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of Unesco and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of mem­ber states of the UN or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“The UAE, un­der the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent His High­ness Shaikh Khal­ifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His High­ness Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Vice-Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, en­cour­age all Unesco’s ini­tia­tives on ed­u­ca­tion and cul­ture as well as on the preser­va­tion of global hu­man her­itage,” Shaikh Ham­dan said.

Shaikh Ham­dan urged coun­tries to sup­port Unesco and en­able it to play its role and carry out its mis­sion ef­fi­ciently. “We, in the UAE, re­new our com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing all that’s needed to en­hance the ef­forts of the or­gan­i­sa­tion and its goals.

He ex­pressed de­light over the ren­o­va­tion of the con­fer­ence hall at a cost of $6 mil­lion (Dh22 mil­lion). Shaikh Ham­dan funded the ren­o­va­tion of the hall, which is equipped with the lat­est sound and light­ing sys­tems to host con­fer­ences or­gan­ised by the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Shaikh Ham­dan re­it­er­ated the UAE’s com­mit­ment, with all its hu­man­i­tar­ian and char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tions, to pro­vide all forms of fi­nan­cial and moral sup­port for Unesco to help it pro­mote the cul­ture of tol­er­ance and peace among all na­tions.

In her in­au­gu­ral speech at the 39th con­fer­ence, Bokova praised the UAE’s sup­port for all pro­grammes and projects on ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture, re­search and pro­tec­tion of hu­man her­itage that are car­ried out by Unesco. She lauded Shaikh Ham­dan’s ef­forts and sup­port to­wards Unesco.

Ear­lier, Shaikh Ham­dan and Bokova un­veiled the plaque of the con­fer­ence hall, which was re­cently ren­o­vated. Shaikh Ham­dan also at­tended the sign­ing of an agree­ment be­tween the Ham­dan Fund and Unesco.


Shaikh Ham­dan with Dr Irina Bokova and UAE of­fi­cials at the open­ing of the hall yes­ter­day.

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