Venezuela Presided Over Movement of Non-Aligned Nations Meeting in UNESCO

After ratifying his country’s commitment to peace, Venezuela’s Minister of Culture, Ernesto Villegas affirmed that Venezuela, “which is being dangerously attacked for having raised the flags of sovereignty, will not give up in its effort to continue building ways of understanding and solidarity with the peoples of the world, which is a guarantee of preservation of our identity.”

Paris, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela’s Minister of Culture, Ernesto Villegas, presided over the meeting of the UNESCO Chapter of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (MNOAL), in which he defended respect for diversity as a key to achieving peace.

In the inaugural speech of the session, held at the Parisian headquarters of UNESCO, the official recalled the postulates of that organization on the issue, which advocate “raising awareness about the importance of intercultural dialogue, diversity and inclusion, as well as improving understanding and cooperation among different cultures.”

According to the minister, tolerance, respect for diversity, dialogue and cooperation are key principles to guarantee peace and security for the peoples worldwide.

“The commitment to the promotion of cultural diversity is not an idea that can be left in vain; it is to understand that it is a struggle that goes on in force for the recognition of the identities and rights of peoples,” he sustained.

He also stressed that the MNOAL, from solidarity, dialogue and respect, will act to truly achieve the consolidation of peace.

Villegas asserted that in the midst of the unilateral coercive measures imposed against some countries in the south, “Venezuela advocates the preservation, promotion and strengthening of solidarity, inclusive multilateralism, reiterating that all unilateral sanctions are illegal.”

After ratifying his country’s commitment to peace, he affirmed that Venezuela, “which is being dangerously attacked for having raised the flags of sovereignty, will not give up in its effort to continue building ways of understanding and solidarity with the peoples of the world, which is a guarantee of preservation of our identity.”

The MNOAL meeting was carried out ahead of the beginning of the Executive Council of UNESCO, for which the representatives of the different nations intervened with the purpose of agreeing common positions to defend in the conclave.

The Venezuelan ambassador to UNESCO, Hector Constant, placed emphasis on the presence of Minister Villegas at the encounter as a sign of the commitment of the South American nation to the founding principles of UNESCO, as well as the reaffirmation of the chapter MNOAL to achieve greater activism and impact within the organization.

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