Liberian ambassador gives credentials to UNESCO

Ambassador Bass-Golokeh (left) and UNESCO chief Azoulay

Liberia’s ambassador to France Geraldine Bass-Golokeh has presented her credentials to the Director General of UNESCO accrediting her as the West African nation’s 39th Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to the world body.

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization with its headquarters in Paris, France.

UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay welcomed Ambassador Bass-Golokeh to UNESCO and expressed her support to programs and activities of the Permanent Delegation of Liberia in the areas of artificial intelligence, education, culture and tourism, teachers’ training and education, science and technology and peace and conflict resolution, among others.

Azoulay committed herself to the national development of Liberia through the UNESCO regional offices in Africa and the flagships programs which the organisation’s African Department are developing for the continent.

For her part, Ambassador Bass-Golokeh extended personal greetings from Liberian President Dr. George Manneh Weah and reconfirmed that as a founding member, Liberia remains committed to the fundamental principles on which the organization was founded in the aftermath of the Second World War which, among other things, is to contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among nations through education,
science and culture.

The ambassador highlighted the commitment of President Weah toward education in Liberia and focused on specific areas that Liberia needs to benefit from UNESCO, such as science and technology, culture and Teacher’s Education.
The Liberian UNESCO Permanent Delegate emphasized the need for UNESCO to consider rendering assistance to Liberia in the areas of TVET education, STEM education and basic sciences, Training of Teachers under its Teachers Task force Program and its “Train My Generation” project, which trains and educates young people in their future career goals.
She also informed the UNESCO Director General that her country needs assistance in its heritage sites with the consolidation of the tentative list that has been provided.
Liberia, Ambassador Bass-Golokeh added, needs support to programs in the areas of youth development, sports for reconciliation and peace, women and girls empowerment and also to ensure the ratification of its Cultural Conventions, which are to enhance the country’s cultural programs’ development as part of the Sustainable Development Goals(SGDs) UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples based on respect for commonly shared values.
It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.
The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community – as set out in the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – underpin all UNESCO’s strategies and activities. Thus UNESCO’s unique competencies in education, the sciences, culture and communication and information contribute towards the realization of those goals.
UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty,sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.
Isaac Yeah