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Irina Georgieva Bokova (Born 12 July 1952) is a Bulgarian politician and the former Director-General of UNESCO (2009-2017). During her political and diplomatic career in Bulgaria, she served, among others, two terms as a member of the National Parliament, and deputy minister of foreign affairs and minister of foreign affairs ad interim under Prime Minister Zhan Videnov.






Summary of the public lecture of Irina Bokova, Secretary General of UNESCO 
On the 21st of May 2016, Irina Bokova held a public lecture on the topic `UNESCO on the world's political scene - priorities`. This happened during an open event in front of a wide audience at Varna municipality. 
Summary of the public lecture of Irina Bokova, Secretary General of UNESCO 


At the invitation of Mr Ivan Stancioff co-founder of Future workshop, Bulgaria and patron of the project "The future of Bulgaria" Mrs Irina Bokova held a public lecture in front of a wide audience of active citizens. 
The event was organised together by Future workshop - Bulgaria, Varna municipality and the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria. 



The interconnection between local and global development 



Within the framework of the public lecture `UNESCO on the world political scene - priorities`  and the discussion afterwards Irina Bokova showed a few times in which way the important local and global topics of sustainable development are interconnected. 

In this light, she evaluated briefly the activity of Future workshop - Bulgaria, the topic of emigration from our country and the development of Bulgarian specialists abroad. 


Future workshop - Bulgaria 


Irina Bokova began her lecture by making parallels between the activity of UNESCO and the goals of `Future workshop - Bulgaria`. In her opinion, the hosting organisation regarded its view to the development not only of Bulgaria but also of the world as a whole. 
In this 
context, she paid special attention to finding solutions to painful social problems as well as encouraging young people to hold a constructive dialogue with local and central institutions. 






Within the framework of the discussion, Mrs Bokova was asked what in her opinion could possibly hold up young people in Bulgaria. She used this occasion to show that the process of emigration is a topic of worldwide scale. 

On this topic the material goods are not the main moving factor,  but on the contrary - the pursuit of better professional and personal realisation,  or as Irina Bokova said herself: `I believe that the problem with the brain drain from developing to better-developed countries is a worldwide problem that doesn't concern only our country.` However, the main thing that attracts young people are opportunities for development. They don't think so much about material goods at that moment. They rather wish to have career development and to have some cause. 


Equality of different Nations on the international market 


Another question that made both the audience and Mrs. Bokova emotional was the topic of the attitude towards Bulgarian specialist on the world labour market. This discussion was provoked by a question from architect Nadya Stamatova. She gave as an example the fact that people with her educational background are not treated so well compared to people who finished western European universities. In an answer, Mrs Bokova gave an example with the way she was underestimated because of her country of origin. She claimed that she was able to overcome this problem by showing her professional skills and using skilful argumentation. 
She also stressed that Bulgaria is not such a small country as most Bulgarians think. Finally, there are much smaller countries in Europe and Bulgarians are shouldn`t underestimate themselves.


Women in worldwide organisations 


The equality of women within large international organisations was another important topic during the discussion after the public lecture. In the opinion of Mrs Bokova, the discrimination against women in high positions has become stronger in the last few years.


Cultural development in terms of economic potential 


Mrs Irina Bokova stated that the cultural sector is one of the fastest developing ones worldwide. Now we have almost 29 million workplaces there - more than in the automotive industry. The biggest profit of these kinds of workplaces is that it's not possible to export them. Mrs Bokova believes that Bulgaria has potential in this field. 


Education, culture and their role for worldwide sustainable development 


Mrs Irina Bokova spoke about many important topics such as for example the role of EU for Bulgaria, extremism and terrorism. In all these fields culture and education play a major role. It's necessary to observe how they influence development. On this basis, we can look for long-term solutions.