Published On: Tue, Jul 20th, 2010

Kapil Sibal meets UNESCO to discuss Gandhi Institute for Peace

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UNESCO, Mr. Koichiro Matsuura and impressed upon him India’s keenness for establishing the Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Peace Education and Sustainable Development. During the meeting in Paris, Sibal said that this proposed Category-I UNESCO institute is proposed to be set up as a symbol of the rich heritage and values of peace and diversity that India stands for. He also pointed out that as this would be the first Category-I Institute of UNESCO to be established in the Asia Pacific region, the Permanent Representatives of India to UNESCO had already started extensive consultations with the member States of the Asia Pacific region.

During the meeting it was also decided that UNESCO officials and Ministry of HRD officials would sit down after the meeting to resolve outstanding issues mentioned in the interim report of the UNESCO mission team that had come to India to examine the feasibility of setting up of this institute. The HRD Minister’s interest towards early finalization of these proposals was responded to positively.

During the meeting Kapil Sibal thanked Mr. Matsuura for taking keen interest in the commemoration programme envisaged for the 150th Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in 2011. In turn, Mr. Matsuura thanked Shri Kapil Sibal for his contribution to the objectives of UNESCO and complemented him for bringing a new global perspective to the field of Science and Technology during his tenure as Minister of Science and Technology.