Portorož, 24 October 2015 – The University of Primorska, the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Office organised the first UNESCO FORUM. This prominent event gathered the key representatives of the main programmes and operation areas, carried out within the framework of UNESCO in Slovenia.

Opening the UNESCO Forum was the performance of the violoncellist Igor Švarc. Dr. Stanislav Pejovnik, the president of the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO, dr. Aleš Gačnik, the president of the UNESCO Forum, dr. Tadeja Jere Jakulin, the vice-rector of the University of Primorska, and Peter Bossman, the mayor of Piran, addressed the participants. Four programme segments followed. The first segment reflected the UNESCO heritage in Slovenia (the Škocjanske jame caves, the Pile dwellings in the area of the Ljubljansko barje moors, the heritage of mercury in Idrija/Almaden) and the intangible heritage of Slovenia. In the second segment, which treated the Natural sites and geoparks, the important wetlands in the framework of the Ramsar Convention, the biosphere reserves and geoparks in Slovenia were highlighted. The third segment was intended for the Youth and UNESCO, and presented the programmes, projects and activities of the UNESCO schools, UNESCO nursery schools and UNESCO youth platform. The last segment treated the educational, research and international projects, among which the UNESCO Chairs, UNESCO Category 2 Centre and national committees of intergovernmental and international programmes.

In the conclusion of the UNESCO Forum we saw two presentations: the administrator of the UNESCO Office mag. Marjetka Hafner presented the use of the UNESCO logo for commercial and non-commercial use, and dr. Aleš Gačnik, the Head of Department of Cultural Tourism and Cultural Heritage at Turistica, presented the concept of the UNESCO festival as a mean for integration, communication and promotion. The mission of the UNESCO Forum is related to the increase of recognisability of the UNESCO programmes and to the general promotion and popularisation of the UNESCO trademark in Slovenia.


Opening the UNESCO FORUM (from left to right): dr. Stanislav Pejovnik (president of the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO), dr. Aleš Gačnik (president of the UNESCO Forum), dr. Tadeja Jere Jakulin (vice-rector of the University of Primorska) ter Peter Bossman (mayor of the Municipality of Piran). 

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Photo: Polona Iskra