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October 23, 2021

Parliament okays historian Cioroianu for Romania’s ambassador to UNESCO

Historian Adrian Cioroianu on Tuesday got a positive opinion of Parliament’s foreign affairs to be appointed Romania’s ambassador and permanent delegate to UNESCO.

He was approved for the mission 18 to one.

At the hearings, Cioroianu underscored that one of the priorities of his ambassadorship at UNESCO will be to continue all of Romania’s good initiatives.

“This is a time when UNESCO does not focus on the European continent. Many sites in Iraq and Syria have been endangered by the scourge of religious fundamentalism. The next years will be devoted to those spaces, but Romania will have to continue its campaign, continuing to do what good has been done. I can analyse all the files on which Romania is working. One priority will be to continue all the good initiatives in the national interest,” said Cioroianu, a former foreign minister of Romania.

He added that the failure to get downtown Sibiu and the works in Targu Jiu of sculptor Constantin Brancusi included on the UNESCO list was the result of some negligence in the drawing up of the files.

“As far as Sibiu City and the works of Brancusi are concerned, I think one of the main reasons of failure was the somehow negligent manner in which the related files were drawn up. (…) We cannot inscribe Brancusi on the UNESCO list as an artist; it is self-evident that this titan creator and artist is a value to us that we share with one of our main partners, France, but I believe those works that are located in Targu Jiu deserve being together, because they are a whole. Efforts should be continued for them to be inscribed together as an ensemble,” he said, adding that in the case of downtown Sibiu, better work is needed on the file, to make them more competitive and perseverance is needed for Romania to pursue its objectives.

He added that the presence of Romanian sites on the UNESCO list does not protect them automatically, but it creates a responsibility incumbent on the Romanian state.

Also at the hearings, Cioroianu said an ambassador to UNESCO has a privileged position.

“I believe a UNESCO ambassadorship (…) is a privileged position because there is a national UNESCO commission in the country – in the composition of the Education Ministry – and a parliamentary committee on UNESCO and there is also a UNESCO chair at the university where I am a teaching,” said Cioroianu.


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