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PM leaves for Paris Nov 16
Diplomatic Correspondent
Published :Tuesday, 10 November, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 30
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave Dhaka for Paris on November 16 to join the Leaders' Forum"  programme of UNESCO.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the UN organization launched the programme on April 28, 2015 with a slogan "UNESCO : 70 years in the service of human dignity"
Although, the Foreign ministry is yet to finalise the programme, the Prime Minister Office confirmed the schedule of her visit.
According to the sources, Prime Minister will stay there till November 19. Before leaving Dhaka for Paris she will receive M?xima Zorreguieta Cerruti, the Queen M?xima of the Netherlands. The Queen who was scheduled to to arrive on November 18 will now come on November 16, according to the Foreign Ministry.
"The Queen schedule was finalized at a meeting with the Netherlands Ambassador Ms.Hennekens, they apprised the schedule of the visit, however, if everything will goes in right manner the schedule will be all right," the senior official of the Foreign Ministry told the Daily Observer.
UNESCO's 70th anniversary celebrations are taking place all around the world.
UNESCO led the movement to protect the environment and sounded the alert over the planet's shrinking biodiversity. Through its "Man and the Biosphere Program", established in 1971, it sought to reconcile both the use and conservation of natural resources. It was the first step towards sustainable development.
The Nubian Temples campaign of the 1960s to save Egypt's most famous monuments from the rising waters of the Aswan High Dam transformed approaches to cultural heritage protection and inspired the creation of the World Heritage programme dedicated to safeguarding sites of outstanding universal values. This laid the basis for widening UNESCO action to safeguard three dimensions of heritage - tangible, intangible and documentary - and to promote respect for cultural diversity on the basis of human rights.
According to the Foreign Ministry official, the Prime Minister will address the plenary session of different meetings. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of all UN agencies will join UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova to celebrate the 70th anniversary of UNESCO at the Organization's headquarters in Paris. The celebration will honour the Organization's achievements and actions throughout the world to strengthen the foundations for lasting peace and sustainable development, through education, culture, sciences, information and communication.
According to the sources, the Prime Minister will visit Malta and Paris once again later this month.

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