UNESCO DELEGATION IN MACEDONIA
A high-level UNESCO delegation led by the Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura has been visiting Macedonia on the opening of the Regional Centre for Digitisation with the Museum of Contemporary Art yesterday evening.
The delegation met Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and Minister of Culture Arifhikmet Xhemaili where the high-level guest and the leading officials of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (BRESCE) in Venice were expressed gratitude for their assistance and understanding in implementation of Macedonia’s initiatives within UNESCO. The high-level guests were also introduced with the current activities related to protection projects for cultural heritage.
During the meeting at the Ministry of Culture, representatives of the Managing Board of the Struga Poetry Evenings announced the name of the winner of the International Poetry Award bestowed jointly by UNESCO and the Struga Poetry Evenings. His year, the winner of the prestigious award in “It’s Easy for Me to be Worse” by young poetess Antonija Novakovic.
Matsuura said they discussed ways of strengthening cooperation in the area of culture and cultural heritage between UNESCO and our country with the officials of the Ministry of Culture. Besides UNESCO-protected Ohrid, they have received two more proposals for places that should be put on the protection list, and he pledged assistance of UNESCO and BRESCE experts to our officials in order to carry this through. Matsuura also pointed that he expected from our country to submit proposals for protection of spiritual cultural heritage for some master-pieces that the country has given the preserved heritage.
The Regional Centre for Digitisation of Cultural Heritage will operate to connect all institutions in the area of protection of cultural heritage on national, and later on international level