Cairo, Egypt: Green Cross International President Alexander Likhotal has joined the Board of Trustees of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the world-renowned library and seat of learning located in the Egyptian Mediterranean city of Alexandria.
In a ceremony held 5 April in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, Mr Likhotal was welcomed to the Board of Trustees by Egypt’s interim President, H.E. Adly Mansour, and the Director of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Dr Ismail Serageldin.
Also known as the New Library of Alexandria, this breathtaking complex was inaugurated in 2002 on the same seafront site as the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the ancient library that was a famous centre of learning from the 3rd century BC to around 400 AD.
“It is a great privilege to be elected to the Board of Trustees of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina,” Mr Likhotal said. “This prestigious library has a special meaning, not only as a successor to the unique centre of culture and education of the ancient world, but also as a modern world institution contributing to dissemination of knowledge and information both by traditional and most modern means of communication.”
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina aspires to provide a window to both Egypt and the world to study each other, be a leading institution of the digital age, and a center for learning, tolerance, dialogue and understanding.
Green Cross International was founded in 1993 by Nobel Peace Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev and is an independent non-profit and nongovernmental organization advocating and working globally to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and conducts on-the-ground projects in more than 30 countries around the world.