Executive Director attends the EFUCA 3rd Congress, Romania

Frederick, MD – Mr. Guy Djoken, Chairman of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Clubs, Centers & Associations Working Group and Executive Director of UNESCO Center for Peace concluded a two-week working visit in Europe where he attended the 3rd Congress of the European Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers & Associations (EFUCA) in Bucharest, Romania. The EFUCA is the regional body of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers & Associations (WFUCA) for Europe and North America.

During the Congress held from November 28 through December 2nd in Bucharest, Romania, the U.S. became an official member of the EFUCA and was elected (with Spain and Switzerland) to the 3-member Conciliation Commission – The Commission handles all litigation or conflict between members.
After the congress, Mr. Djoken travelled to Suceava, Romania at the invitation of the 17 years old high school student Diana Tanasă and Mr. Victor Şutac, President of the `Cygnus` Scientific Society who sponsored the Suceava’s trip.
During the two-day visit to Suceava, Mr. Djoken accompanied by Mr. Sutac and Diana to meet with a number of officials such as Suceavas Mayor Mr. Ion Lungu, the regional Prefect Mr. Florin Sinescu and the regional County Council Vice-president Mr. Alexandru Băişanu. The discussion with officials centered on UNESCO Center for Peace support for the 2014 Olympiads scheduled in Suceava on August 2014 and a number of cultural exchanges between the region and the United States. The officers committed to sponsor a group of students to attend UNESCO Center for Peace International Model United Nations Summer Camp to be held in the Washington, DC area in July 2013.
Mr. Djoken also visited Dragomirna Monastery as other Monasteries listed on the UNESCO World Heritage such as the Voroneţ Monastery and the Moldoviţa Monastery.
Before leaving Suceava, Mr. Djoken signed a number of Partnership agreements with Ștefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Colegiul National Petru Rares and Scoala Gimnaziala Nr.1. Suceava for the development of exchange programs with U.S. educational institutions. Back in Bucharest, Mr. Djoken also finalized and signed a MOU with “CAROL I” Central University Library of Romania to promote Research, Cultural, Academic and Educational activities between Romania and the U.S.
After Romania, Mr. Djoken traveled to Paris at the invitation of Mr. Yves Lopez, President of the French Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers & Associations. In Paris, he visited the UNESCO Headquarter and participated alongside Mr. Lopez and Mr. Genc Seiti, UNESCO Director for National Commissions and Civil Society at the Commemoration of the 2012 Annual International Human Rights Day, organized by the French Federation.
UNESCO Center for Peace is the flagship UNESCO Center in the U.S. working under the auspices of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. Major initiatives include, The First Ladies Youth Infusion Summit, The International Model United Nations Summer Camp, The Regional Model United Nations, the U.S. World Heritage Educational Tours (WHET) and The Distinguished Speakers Series.
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