Q&A with Mrs. Irina Bokova – Director General of UNESCO. Planet B Magazine.
UNESCO LINKS release, March 2012

PARIS, FRANCE: In this interview, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova highlights, among others, that on the road to Rio+20 and the setting of a new sustainable development agenda “there is much to learn from the wisdom, knowledge and experience held by rural and indigenous peoples in managing development at the local levels in ways that are sustainable. This knowledge and know-how are core resources for sustainable development.” In addition, she says it is unacceptable that many formal education systems around the world contribute to the erosion of indigenous languages, knowledge and ways of life, and underscores UNESCO’s work through its programme on Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) to ensure that education safeguards and supports indigenous livelihoods and worldviews. Read the interview …