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PR Group of Friends 26 May 2020

PH Permanent Delegate to UNESCO and Ambassador to France Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro and Deputy Permanent Delegate Jesus Enrique Garcia II during the virtual launch of GOF

PARIS, FRANCE 26 May 2020 – The Philippines became a member of the Group of Friends for Solidarity and Inclusion with Global Citizenship Education (GCED) launched today at the initiative of the Republic of Korea (ROK). H.E. Kyung-wha Kang, Foreign Minister of the ROK, delivered a video message at the virtual meeting.

The Group of Friends is composed of 11 countries -- Armenia, Austria, Bangladesh, Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, the Philippines, ROK, Senegal and Serbia. The Group aims to promote solidarity and inclusion to address the challenges of COVID-19 and beyond through GCED. In a joint statement, the Group reaffirmed that closer global cooperation is crucial to eradicate COVID-19.

Ambassador Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro, Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, affirmed the Philippines’ support and encouraged development of concrete action-oriented measures for those most in need, “to turn this crisis into a catalyst for enhanced solidarity and inclusion at both the national and international levels through the vision and application of GCED.”
Ambassador Lazaro also took the opportunity to commend the ROK for the effective manner in which their government has countered the spread of COVID19.
The UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, pledged to support the Group and its initiatives.

The Group shall actively engage in upcoming sessions of the UNESCO Executive Board. END