New Delhi: UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay arrived in India on a three-day visit starting Tuesday, seeking to bolster “strategic partnership” with the country focusing on areas such as heritage, education and artificial intelligence, officials said.
This is her first official visit to India after she took charge as the DG of this world body, they said. The DG who has arrived in Delhi began her trip with a visit to the Raj Ghat to pay her respects to Mahatma Gandhi who has had a profound influence on UNESCO, officials said.
“During her meetings, Azoulay will explore opportunities to develop UNESCO’s strategic partnership with India with a particular focus on culture, education and artificial intelligence, for which Member States have asked UNESCO to develop a standard-setting instrument for the ethics in AI,” the UNESCO India Office said.
In Delhi, the Director-General visited World Heritage sites —the Humayun’s Tomb and Red Fort, it said.
Azoulay, who arrived in Jaipur on Tuesday, will tour the city, which last June became 38th World Heritage site in India, on Wednesday. She will attend a special ceremony honouring UNESCO, at the iconic Albert Hall, alongside Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
The UNESCO DG will also visit Amer Fort. While in Rajasthan, Azoulay will also visit the Girls Secondary School in Amer, reflecting UNESCO’s commitment to girls’ education as in the Director-General’s words “Investing in a girl’s education is one of the most effective ways to ensure a better life for her, and a better world for us all.”
On the last day of her visit, she will address the opening session of a seminar on ‘The Future of Education – Artificial Intelligence for Social and Emotional Learning’ in Delhi, organised by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP).