On 8 July 2018, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, met with Genc Seiti, Director of the Division of Member States and Partners in the UNESCO Sector for External Relations and Public Information, who is visiting Latvia for first-hand experience of the Baltic Song and Dance Celebration tradition, included in the UNESCO List of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
During the meeting, the officials discussed recent UNESCO developments with a special focus on the organisation’s reform, security of journalists all over the world, and press freedom.
The Parliamentary Secretary called on UNESCO to take on a more prominent role in the fight against fake news. She also noted that Latvia as an elected member of the Intergovernmental Council of the UNESCO International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) has actively promoted the organisation’s efforts in the field of media literacy.
Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica underlined that Latvia was continually following the organisation’s decisions concerning the state of affairs in Crimea, and she hoped for direct engagement of UNESCO in the areas of its competence: preservation of the existing cultural values, education, and media freedom.
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