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    Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday put forward the idea of holding a world congress of UNESCO chairs in Russia.

    MOSCOW, March 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday put forward the idea of holding a world congress of UNESCO chairs in Russia.

    Lavrov spoke at the Russian congress of UNESCO chairs being held in Moscow.

    "Let's all consider this proposal to hold a world congress of UNESCO chairs in Russia. I don't know where exactly, but if this proposal is approved, the government will discuss it so that the congress can go ahead in Moscow," Lavrov said.

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has been in existence since 1946 as a UN specialized agency, which aims to contribute to peace and international security by promoting cooperation in the fields of education, science and culture.

    Lavrov said the initiative could be discussed at a session of the UNESCO executive board scheduled to be convened next month and expected to discuss the UN specialized agency's chairs along with other issues.

    There are about 700 UNESCO chairs across the globe, including 44 in Russia, Lavrov said.

    "This figure is considerable and I hope it will increase in the future," the Russian foreign minister said, adding it was necessary to expand international cooperation and contacts between educational institutions.

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