Round Table on Cultural Democracy Marks International Day of Francophonie
A round table on the theme, “Cultural diplomacy: Strengthening cultural dialogue and consolidating peace”, was held at UN Headquarters to mark the International Day of la Francophonie (20 March). The event was co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Gabon to the UN; UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization); and the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF).
A view of the conference room as Nelson Messone (centre), Permanent Representative of the Gabonese Republic to the UN, addresses the event. He is flanked by Ousmane Paye (left), Special Adviser to OIF Secretary-General Abdou Diouf; and Philippe Kridelka, Director of the UNESCO Office in New York and Representative to the UN. At right (behind name plate) is Byrganym Aitimova, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UN.