Antigua and Barbuda has a new Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris. His name is Boris Latour.
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda announce today that it had established a Permanent Delegation to UNESCO in Paris by the decision of Prime Minister Gaston Browne and the Foreign Affairs Minister E.P Chet Greene.
“Ambassador Latour is known for his distinguished career and will use his extensive expertise in Education and Science as well as his diplomatic experience serving as an Ambassador, for the good of Antigua and Barbuda” a statement to the media explained
According to the document, the “establishment of this new Delegation highlights the intention of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to strengthen its diplomatic presence at the international level, and particularly in the multilateral framework within the United Nations institutions”
Ambassador Boris Latour presented its credentials to Her Excellency Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO today following the ceremony.
Boris has already hit the ground running, starting his work on strengthening cultural heritage preservation, improving education and training opportunities, and promoting the Antiguan and Barbudan culture, arts and creativity.
According to reports, the key priority for the country is to “ensure that the promotion of the cultural practices and expressions that are part of the intangible cultural heritage is properly documented in the Intangible Cultural Heritage Database”
This, according to the statement said includes descriptions and multimedia content related to traditional music, dance, crafts, and other cultural practices.
“The recognition by UNESCO of the country’s natural and cultural heritage sites is also of the essence for Antigua and Barbuda. Indeed, the Delegation wishes to promote the country’s cultural and historical significance around the whole world. On UNESCO side, Director-General Audrey Azoulay was delighted to reinforce the collaboration with Antigua and Barbuda for the promotion of cultural diversity, human rights and education throughout the world. Paris, May 11th, 2023,” according to the document.