Conakry, Guinea - The Director of the UN Cultural Organization (UNESCO) multisectoral regional Office in Abuja, Nigeria, Mrs Hassana Alidou, is paying a five-day visit to Guinea as part of a three-nation tour that will also take her to Benin and Togo to see the operations of the Commission in those countries.
The visit is part of efforts aimed at better understanding methods of field work used by the National Commission of UNESCO in the countries.
Following a restructuring of field offices, Guinea is now under the Abuja-based Regional Office, which has eight countries: Benin, Côte d' Ivoire, Guinea, Togo , Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
The Guinean National Commission for UNESCO, at a meeting with Mrs Alidou on Tuesday, requested funding for a project aimed at reforestation at several schools and creation of green spaces in Conakry, the capital of Guinea.
The Secretary General of the Guinea National Commission of UNESCO, Ibrahima Solo Conde, said that the visit was an opportunity to submit projects eligible for funding, especially in the areas of education, health and infrastructure development.
Ms. Alidou, who arrived on Sunday, said that UNESCO would consider all these projects that were part of sustainable development and should be supported by all the institutions of the UN system.
Several issues related to strengthening the role of science, engineering and technology for development, and the preservation of existing cultural spaces in Guinea were discussed with the government.