Ambassador Irena Vaišvilaitė presents letters of credence to UNESCO Director-General
On 4 August, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Lithuania to UNESCO Irena Vaišvilaitė presented her letters of credence to Irina Bokova, Director-General of the organization.
The Ambassador affirmed Lithuania’s commitment to working consistently in UNESCO’s priority areas, such as gender equality, and reminded of our country’s goals at the Executive Board of UNESCO. Lithuania has been elected already for the third time to serve on the Executive Board for the 2015-2019 period.
Vaišvilaitė drew the Director-General’s attention to the fact that the existing geopolitical context required a more active effort of the international community to ensure the security of journalists and to overcome the various challenges associated with it, firstly, to fight against propaganda. The Ambassador also emphasized the significance of UNESCO’s expertise in addressing issues related to values of Lithuania’s heritage.
The Director-General of the organization Bokova thanked Lithuania for its close and active cooperation.
Vaišvilaitė holds doctorate degrees in the fields of art and church history. From 2012 to 2017, she served as Lithuania’s Ambassador to the Holy See and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. She has decades of academic experience; She was assigned to the broadcast in Lithuanian of the Vatican Radio in Rome. She was also the editor of the Radio Free Europe in Prague and the Chief Adviser to the President Valdas Adamkus.
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