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UNESCO to launch new Intangible Cultural Heritage Centre in southeast Europe

(Xinhua)

09:36, February 20, 2012

PARIS, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- A new Intangible Cultural Heritage Centre in southeastern Europe based in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, will open on Monday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on Sunday.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova is due to inaugurate the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO while she officially visits the country, said a UNESCO statement.

The center to be opened in Sofia is one of six around the world that focus on intangible cultural heritage. This center is the only one in Europe, therefore "plays a crucially important role," the UN cultural agency said.

Underlining the importance of UNESCO centers and institutes in advancing the Organization's strategic objectives and priorities, the UNESCO's chief said "they amplify UNESCO's messages in societies and regions across the world and promote networking and exchange of relevant technical information. These centres play a key role in reinforcing UNESCO's impact on education, science, culture and communication in the world."

During her visit to Sofia, Bokova will hold meetings with Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and other senior government officials as well as prominent Bulgarian intellectuals.

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