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UNESCO wants to deepen partnership with ASEAN

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has said its priority is to deepen its partnership with ASEAN.

SINGAPORE: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has said its priority is to deepen its partnership with the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN).

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, who is in Singapore for the World Cities Summit, said she would like to take the partnership further forward by working with Singapore through joint projects.

Ms Bokova met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana on Sunday.

During the meeting, Ms Bokova told Mr Lee she believes UNESCO and ASEAN can build great synergies across the region by working together for a common vision of cooperation and sustainability.

Her visit is at the invitation of Culture, Community and Youth Minister Lawrence Wong.

While in Singapore, Ms Bokova also visited significant cultural sites, including the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Yueh Hai Ching Temple, as well as the iconic public housing project Pinnacle@Duxton.

Singapore has submitted its bid for the Botanic Gardens to become the country's first UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

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