Top UNESCO Representative Stresses Cuba-Africa Close Relations

Top UNESCO Representative Stresses Cuba-Africa Close Relations

Top UNESCO Representative Stresses Cuba-Africa Close Relations

Havana, Jan 25 – Cuba has currently maintained a close relationship with Africa, where it has given support in important moments such as the struggle against apartheid, Ali Moussa, director of History and Culture department at UNESCO, said.

The high-level representative is visiting Havana on the occasion of the fifth meeting of the International Scientific Committee of the 9th Volume of the General History of Africa, to be held until January 28th at Casa de las Americas.

Moussa also referred to the strong historical and cultural ties between the two sides.

Based on the current context, the event aims to update the general history of Africa, included in the previous eight volumes, he explained.

Debates, in which prestigious specialists such as Katherine Müller, Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Macae Evaristo, Secretary of State for Education for the state of Minas Gerais, will participate, will be held throughout the week.

Participants in the meetings will work on the review and validation of tests and investigations presented by dozens of authors for the preparation of the volume of General History of Africa.

The initiative emerged in 1964 during the UNESCO General Conference when, within the framework of its activities for the mutual understanding of the peoples and nations, a text on the history of Africa was authorized to be drawn up and published.

As part of the program of activities in Havana is the presentation of the volume in Spanish language of the collection General History of Africa (in digital format) on January 27th. The closing ceremony of the scientific event will be held on January 28th.

The capital is hosting this event as part of the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Cuba-UNESCO ties.(Prensa Latina)


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