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UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Director-General Irina Bokova visits Haiti to witness the country's largely destroyed cultural heritage now threatened by vandalism, looting and illicit art trafficking. UNESCO
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STORY: HAITI / BOKOVA
TRT: 1:55
SOURCE: UNESCO
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE 9-10 MARCH 2010, HAITI

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1. Various shots, Irina Bokova arriving in Haiti
2. Close-up, UNESCO office in Haiti
3. Med shot, Bokova meeting local UNESCO staff
4. Various shots, Bokova meeting with Haitian Minister of Education Joel Desrosiers Jean-Pierre
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Irina Bokova, Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization:
“UNESCO’s participation in this project has been extraordinary.”
6. Various shots, Irina Bokova meeting with Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive 7. Wide shot, street
8. Various shots, Bokova visiting CECOSIDA
9. Wide shot, destroyed building
10. Various shots, Bokova looking at destroyed buildings
11. Various shots, meeting with Governor-General of Canada, Michaëlle Jean
12. Wide shot, Bokova meeting with Haitian Minister for Women’s Affairs and Rights Marie Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue
13. Wide shot, Bokova meeting with people
14. SOUNDBITE (French) Irina Bokova, Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization:
“We are aware of the immediate humanitarian aid that is needed to rebuild not you’re your country but also your life.”
15. Various shots, Lassegue showing Bokova the destruction

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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova visited Haiti this week to witness the country's largely destroyed cultural heritage now threatened by vandalism, looting and illicit art trafficking.

Bokova, who arrived in Haiti on Tuesday (9 March), started her 48-hour visit off at the UNESCO office in Port au Prince.

Following that, she met with Haiti’s Minister of Education Joel Desrosiers Jean-Pierre and representatives of non-governmental organizations to discuss projects that will help repair the country’s social and cultural fabric.

At the meeting she said that UNESCO’s participation in project has been extraordinary.

UNESCO plans to assist the Ministry of Education re-establish the educational system. It also plans to address education at all levels, from primary school to university.

She also met with Haiti’s Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.

UNESCO has established an International Coordination Committee (CIC) to bring together various organizations concerned with the rehabilitation of the country’s culture. The committee is directed by the Haitian government.

Bokova visited CECOSIDA, a national communications centre against AIDS, which has been providing psychological and post-traumatic support to journalists, with UNESCO’s backing.

On Wednesday (10 March) she visited Jacmel in southeast Haiti and met with Haitian-born Governor-General of Canada Michaëlle Jean.

Jacmel, a city founded in the late 17th century, suffered extensive damage in the earthquake on 12 January and many of its historical buildings collapsed.

Jacmel is on Haiti’s Tentative List of properties to be proposed for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Bokova also met with Haitian Minister for Women’s Affairs and Rights Marie Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue.

She told Haitians gathered to meet her that UNESCO is aware of the immediate humanitarian aid that is needed to rebuild not only their country but also their daily lives.

Later this month, UNESCO will hold a forum in Paris entitled “Rebuilding the social, cultural and intellectual fabric of Haiti”, in which Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive is expected to participate.

The forum plans to bring Haitian intellectuals, artists and decision-makers together with international experts in order to define Haiti’s short, medium and long-term goals and discuss strategies for its reconstruction.

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