Bulgaria was elected in important executive organs in UNESCO
At the 7th Session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the 2001 Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage (June 20-21, Paris), the director of the Center for Underwater Archeology Dr. Kalin Dimitrov was elected member of the Advisory Council to the Convention. There was a serious competition between five candidates. The election of Dr. Kalin Dimitrov is a recognition of the serious work of Bulgarian scientists in the UNESCO programs in the field of underwater archaeological heritage. Active participation in the Convention Expert Council would contribute to the involvement of UNESCO in the implementation of the Black Sea archaeological treasures, a question put by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov to UNESCO Director General Odrey Azulay during the official visit in Bulgaria in May 2019. At the session of the General Assembly in the largest hall at the UNESCO headquarters, Dr. Dimitrov presented the documentary about the impressive underwater explorations realized in Bulgaria under the Black Sea Project. The presentation attracted a broad expert audience and was followed by a panel including questions and answers to the project participants, including Dr. Kalin Dimitrov.
On the 30th session of the IOC General Assembly, Bulgaria was elected by consensus as a member of the Executive Council of the International Oceanographic Commission, one of the key intergovernmental programs of UNESCO. The choice is a serious acknowledgment of the active work of the National Oceanographic Committee and its Chairman Prof. Palazov, as well as of the Institute of Oceanology in Varna. Bulgaria participates in specific UNESCO projects related to research in the Black Sea.