UNESCO Chief joins Mann Ki Baat, shares special message for countrymen with PM Modi

30 April, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay on the 100th episode of his monthly radio show 'Mann Ki Baat' on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay on the 100th episode of his monthly radio show ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on Sunday.

The UNESCO Director-General not only wished the countrymen a lovely voyage for the 100th episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat,’ but also answered concerns about education and cultural preservation in India.

“I have received another special message from Audrey Azoulay, DG, UNESCO regarding ‘Mann Ki Baat’. She has wished all the countrymen for this wonderful journey of 100th episode,” PM Modi said during his 100th Mann Ki Baat address.

Audrey Azoulay is a French civil servant and politician who has been the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) since 2017, making her the organization’s second female head.

Speaking to PM Modi in his radio broadcast today, the UNESCO Chief said, “Dear Prime Minister, on behalf of UNESCO, I thank you for this opportunity to be part of the hundredth episode of the Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast. UNESCO and India have a long common history. We have very strong partnerships together in all areas of our mandate education, science, culture and information.”

She also asked various questions to PM Modi on education and cultural preservation amid India’s ongoing G20 Presidency.

“UNESCO is working with its member states to ensure that everyone in the world has access to quality education by2030, with the largest population in the world. Could you please explain the Indian way to achieve this objective? UNESCO also works to support culture and protect heritage,” she said.

PM Modi expressed gratitude to the UNESCO Chief for taking part in the 100th episode of the Radio broadcast and said that he is happy that she raised important issues.

He further said that Mann Ki Baat has been a catalyst in igniting numerous mass movements. “Be it NEP or the option of studying in regional languages, many initiatives such as Gunotsav and Shala Praveshotsav were highlighted in MannKiBaat,” the Prime Minister said.

“Maan Ki Baat is a programme that allows every citizen to inspire others; this positivity will propel our nation in Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.”

“Be it Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, love towards Khadi, nature-related concerns, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav or that of Amrit Sarovar, whatever issue Mann Ki Baat got associated with, it has ignited a people’s movement,” PM Modi added.