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Lise Hand: Standing ovation for President Higgins after UNESCO speech

Published 19/02/2013 | 12:06

Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO and President Higgins.
Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO and President Higgins.

PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins received a rapturous reception for his speech at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris earlier today.

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His 35-minute address - which ran for ten minutes longer than scheduled - went down a storm with the delegates from the 195 member states of the organisation, and was met with cheering and a prolonged standing ovation.

It was the first engagement of day two of the President's official visit to France, and Michael D spoke on a theme close to his heart - the recognition of the power and importance of culture in global society.

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