Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati has attended the event organized on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Albania’s membership in UNESCO. In his remarks, Minister Bushati focused on Albania’s relation with UNESCO, strengthening of multilateralism, investment in the new generation and reformation of the organization itself.
While during the decades under the communist regime, “the UNESCO presence helped Albania fight illiteracy, in an effort to overcome the marked lack of development, with the change of regime, our interaction with the organization centered on the need for support, the country’s integration into the world, change of image, support for freedom of expression, protection and promotion of human rights, etc”.
Regarding the importance of preserving and strengthening multilateralism, Bushati said that epochal changes from the second half of the 20th century to date have radically altered the international geopolitics, making the world a safer and more peaceful place. “But it would be illusive if we took things for granted. The growing populist rhetoric in developed societies, the divisive hate speech, the pressure on multilateralism and the tendencies for national contraction call for increased vigilance and impose the need for a renewed, clearer, more demanding focus and efficient collaboration”, underlined Minister Bushati.
He expressed Albania’s commitment to be on the front line in its efforts to strengthen cooperation between the countries of the region through the promotion, identification and consolidation of the common cultural and spirituality heritage, and cultural diversity.
Bushati emphasized the importance to invest in youth, as the best way for their energies and creativity to be exploited in facing future challenges. “Engagement, will, skills and agility of the young generation will be crucial for both Albania and our European path, but also for shaping a region that ultimately lives in peace and prosperity,” said Minister Bushati.
Albania, added Minister Bushati, supports the strategic transformation project, initiated by the Director General, that aims to give the Organization “A renewed role in a completely changed world, which requires ideas, energy, vision, projects and above all, convincing results”.
Over the course of three decades, Albania has become a party to all major UNESCO conventions, it has actively participated in discussions on major issues of the organization’s agenda and has succeeded in including in the various UNESCO registers a number landmarks that represent and highlight the indisputable and valuable universal values of our cultural, spiritual, and natural heritage. /ibna/