Ambassador Balčiūnienė presented her letters of credence to UNESCO's Director-General Audrey Azoulay
On 15 September in Paris, the Permanent Delegate of Lithuania to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Jolanta Balčiūnienė presented her letters of credence to UNESCO's Director-General Audrey Azoulay.
After the official ceremony, the Ambassador thanked the Director-General for agreeing to curate an exhibition dedicated to the 100th birth anniversary of the archaeologist Marija Gimbutas (Marija Birutė Alseikaitė-Gimbutienė). This exhibition will be opened at UNESCO Headquarters on 16 September.
Balčiūnienė reminded the head of UNESCO that Lithuania was seeking membership of the Executive Board of this organisation and voiced support for Azoulay’s candidacy for a second term.
The Permanent Delegate outlined Lithuania’s priorities in this organisation, emphasising respect for multilateralism, the norms of international law, freedom of expression, the safety of journalists, access to information, and the role of experts. Balčiūnienė stressed the importance of continuing the organisation’s process of monitoring the situation in Crimea and called on UNESCO to respond to the situation in Belarus.
In addition, the Ambassador reminded the Director-General about Lithuania's application "Modern Kaunas: Architecture of Optimism, 1919-1939” for UNESCO that aims to have Kaunas modernist architecture included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Balčiūnienė was appointed the Permanent Delegate of Lithuania to UNESCO by the decree of the President of Lithuania on 6 September. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Director of the European Countries Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for almost four years, also as Lithuania's Ambassador to France and Italy.
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