Irina Bokova receives the “Etoile de l’Europe” honorific distinction

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On 26 April, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova received the honorific distinction from the Robert Schuman Foundation for Europe the “l’Etoile de l’Europe”, in recognition of her commitment to European integration and reconciliation between peoples.

In the presence of several European Ambassadors and Maurice Rieutord, Managing Director of the Foundation, the Director-General expressed deep emotion and “pride to be part of the generation that was able to overcome the divisions of the continent and help build this great political project. The European idea is a profoundly humanist idea that continues to guide us, including the work of UNESCO.”

The “l’Etoile de l’Europe” is an honorific distinction created in December 2009 to honor individuals who work or worked in the building of Europe, in its cultural, spiritual, political, social, economic and historical dimensions as well as in fields of education, environment, sustainable development and ecology.

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