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Paris.— The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) announced October 11, that Cuba’s Casa de las Américas will receive the 2017 UNESCO-UNAM/Jaime Torres Bodet Award in Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.
In a statement the organization noted that its Director General Irina Bokova, announced the decision which was made on the recommendation of the international judging panel, while the presentation ceremony will take place in early 2018.
The text went on to highlight that the Casa de las Américas was founded in 1959 with the aim of developing and expanding socio-cultural ties with countries from Latin America, the Caribbean and the rest of the world.
Since then the “entity has become one of the most renowned and prominent cultural institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean,” according to the statement.
The Award meanwhile, bears the name of eminent Mexican poet, author, essayist and diplomat Jaime Torres Bodet, also a founding member of Unesco, serving as Director General of the organization from 1948-1952.
Proposed by the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the prize celebrates the close ties between the educational institution and Unesco.