3 February 2014

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Education, Science, Culture Not Luxuries, Secretary-General Says


in Anniversary Message to Korean National Commission for UNESCO


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s video message on the sixtieth anniversary of the Korean National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):

I am delighted to send greetings on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of your foundation.  Days after joining UNESCO in 1950, Korea was plunged into civil war.  Schools were destroyed.  I was one of many children with no classroom. 

But we still had the hunger to learn.  Thanks to UNESCO and other UN organizations we received books and learning.  We were given hope and the building blocks of a better life.  To this day, this is what the United Nations delivers around the world.  You are contributing to this effort throughout the region and beyond.  For that you deserve special thanks.

Education, science and culture are not luxuries.  They are the foundations of peace, security and improved well-being.  I commend your efforts over six decades, and I welcome your vision for the future.  Together, let us continue supporting peace and sustainable development for all humanity.

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