The new UAE permanent representative to Unesco presented his credentials to the head of the agency yesterday in Paris, officially beginning work in the post, according to the state news agency, WAM. Abdullah al Nuaimi met the director general of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Kochiro Matsuura, with the UAE ambassador to France, Abdullah Nasser al Ameri, and other senior Unesco officials.
Mr Matsuura said the appointment was a "clear indication that the UAE is keen to back Unesco and its objectives". Mr al Nuaimi added that the mission's top priorities included "translating the UAE policies towards the world in achieving international peace through education, science and culture". "Our role will extend also to facilitate the work of private and public companies as well as individuals who seek to benefit from the expertise of the international organisation," he said.
The UAE earlier this month asked Unesco to designate falconry as a piece of intangible cutural heritage. Last year, Al Ain also petitioned to be added to the organisation's list of world heritage sites. Mr al Nuaimi suggested the UAE would support an Arab candidate, perhaps the Egyptian Culture Minister, Farouq Hosni, to be the agency's next director general. Mr Matsuura will visit the UAE in October for the conference of the intangible heritage committee in Abu Dhabi. The UAE joined Unesco in 1972.