In a world first, a delegation of the Romanian Houses' Joint Committee on the relation with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) presented on Thursday afternoon, at the organization's head office in Paris, a project aimed at strengthening support provided to this international body by parliaments of member states.
The project launched in presence of the UNESCO leadership and of other states' representatives, builds on the idea of the reorganization of the Romanian Parliament's friendship group for UNESCO and the establishment of a permanent structure capable of providing real support to the national and international bodies of this forum.
Romania's Ambassador to UNESCO, Nicolae Manolescu, underscored that the Parliament of Romania was the first in the world to decide the establishment of a permanent structure responsible for liaising with UNESCO and expressed hopes that the other member states will too embrace and 'clone' this project.
Head of the Romanian delegation and initiator of the project, deputy Mihai Malaimare, said that 'UNESCO, that is a real laboratory of ideas, thus has an extra chance to see its projects getting support and transposed into practice.' Malaimare said that the UNESCO leaders hailed the idea, that also enjoys support from organization director Koichiro Matsuura, who recently had a meeting with the Romanian parliamentary delegation.
On the occasion of the project's presentation, the exhibition 'The French and the Romanians,' featuring archive photographs from the period 1914-1918, was inaugurated at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The exhibition was organised by Etablissement de Communication et de Production Audiovisuelle de la Défense (ECPAD), with support from the Press Association of Central and Eastern Europe (Association pour la presse d'Europe centrale et orientale – APECO).
Association president Marcela Feraru said that most of the photographs come from the archives of the French army and have been restored, displaying excellent graphic quality. Feraru also mentioned that the French partners plan to donate the necessary equipment for the restoration of the archive photographs in the custody of the Bucharest Military Museum and that this might be officially done in a festivity scheduled for September at the Bucharest Palace of Parliament.
UNESCO is an international organisation the purpose of which is to contribute to global peace and security by promoting the nations' cooperation in education, science and culture and member states pledged to contribute to the establishment and preservation of a heritage of universal value for the world community. Romania is UNESCO member since 1956.