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 » Irina Bokova salutes the memory of the Brazilian writer Eduardo Portella
04.05.2017 - ODG

Irina Bokova salutes the memory of the Brazilian writer Eduardo Portella

The Director-General paid tribute to Eduardo Portela, former Deputy Director-General of UNESCO and President of the 29th session of the General Conference of the Organization, who passed away on Tuesday, 2 May 2017. Essayist, professor and Brazilian politician, member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, Eduardo Portella also coordinated the project "Pathways to thought" for UNESCO and chaired the "International Fund for the Promotion of Culture" between 1999 and 2007.

"Eduardo Portella firmly believed in the power of words and culture to build peace, to put forward the ideal of tolerance. A leading intellectual figure, he facilitated UNESCO's debates and made of critical thinking a tool for dialogue and rapprochement, in Brazilian society and across the world. On behalf of UNESCO, I extend our sincere condolences to the Government and people of Brazil, to his family and friends", said the Director-General.

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