By IHEU President, Roy Brown
Ladies and Gentlemen, distinguished guests, free- thinkers, fellow Humanists.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the French law of separation of Church and State. It is therefore both timely and appropriate that this, the 16th World Humanist Congress be held here in Paris.
It is also appropriate that we are holding the opening session here in UNESCO. As many of you know, IHEU maintains operational relations with UNESCO, and the two organisations go back a long way together. The first Director General of UNESCO, Julian Huxley, chaired the first IHEU Congress in Amsterdam in 1952. But more importantly, both organisations share their dedication to education, science and, dare I say it? Humanist values.