EDU Secretary-General ‘encantado’ to receive Portuguese Parliamentary Delegation
Portugal is a country which H.E. Irving Levance, the Secretary-General of the Intergovernmental Organization EDU has visited numerous times, has many fond memories and for which he reserves a special consideration. It was therefore an extra special pleasure for him to receive a delegation of current Members of the Portuguese National Parliament, the ‘Assembleia da República’.
He declared himself to be ‘encantado’ to meet the all female, cross party, delegation.
Gender Equality and Access to Quality Education
The Secretary-General listened intently to the delegation’s comments on wide ranging subjects including the current financial crisis, gender equality issues, education and health funding, access to quality education, international cooperation and the changing nature of Portuguese society.
Since the promoting the empowerment of women and gender neutral opportunities are core aims of EDU policies, it was a particular delight for the Secretary-General to see three accomplished ladies participating in the political and parliamentary system of Portugal at the highest levels.
Once formal matters were taken care of, the conversations became far more relaxed, with amusing anecdotal exchanges about Portugal and Portuguese language, society and culture becoming the order of the day.
H.E. Irving Levance was honoured to receive an invite to visit Lisbon in the near future to meet the Members of Parliament again, when schedules allow, with the avowed intention of partaking of traditional Portuguese culinary fare such as ‘Bacalhau, ‘Leitão’and ‘Aguardente’.
On bidding the group farewell, he did so with the traditional ‘Muito Prazer’ (pleasure to have met you) and ‘Até Logo’ – (till later).
Several Portuguese Nationals sit on EDU's Official Assessment Committee, including:
Ana Cristina Neves, Head International Affairs at Knowledge Society Agency (UMIC), Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.
Dr. Eduardo de Almeida Nunes , Lawyer and President of the Chamber of Commerce of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Lisbon.
Nuno Caetano Lopes de Barros Poiares - National Police Commissioner - PSP.
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