Paris, 27 October 2011 Press release

Waldner: “Austrian art as communicator for UNESCO’s objectives”

State Secretary Wolfgang Waldner visits Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova

Paris, 27 October 2011 – State Secretary Wolfgang Waldner is currently representing Austria at the 36th General Conference of UNESCO where he had a meeting with Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova. At this meeting, Austrian photographic artist Lois Lammerhuber, with whom the Foreign Ministry is working on the ART for PEACE art project, presented a signed set of the first photos to both the Director General and the State Secretary.

“With this project, art from Austria becomes a communicator for the objectives of UNESCO. Austria’s international cultural policy is one of the focal areas of Austrian foreign affairs and has traditionally enjoyed an excellent reputation. I am pleased that we were able to make an important contribution to the art and education efforts of UNESCO with this project”, Waldner said after the meeting.

The ART for PEACE project is an Austrian initiative in appreciation of the unique art collection of UNESCO. The 200 objects that are most important in terms of art history are artistically interpreted with the camera and compiled in a virtual exhibition through the medium of a book. And as such it will be provided free of charge to all UNESCO member states for use in schools and the cultural scene.

UNESCO is the UN’s specialised agency for education, science and culture. It is currently holding its biannual General Conference in Paris.

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