UNESCO and Italy take first step towards creation of environmental instituteUNESCO and Italy have taken the first step towards establishing an institute for environmental development. The proposed institute would be located in Trieste (Italy) and offer an international programme for education, training and capacity building in environmental development.
Following the usual procedure for such a project, UNESCO’s Director-General Koichiro Matsuura, the Italian Minister of Environment and Territory Altero Matteoli and, representing the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Delegate of Italy to UNESCO Giuseppe Moscato signed a memorandum of agreement yesterday at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Other members of the Italian delegation present included Gabriele Sardo, Political Adviser to Mr Matteoli; Patrizio Fondi, Deputy Permanent Delegate to UNESCO; and Fabio Scoccimarro, President of the province of Trieste.
Mr Matsuura thanked Italy for its initiative, consistent with the goals of the United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development. “I am sure that the creation of a new institute in the key area of environmental development will further strengthen the already strong cooperation between Italy and UNESCO,” he stressed. Mr Matteoli added that Italy, already home to the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), attaches great importance to founding a new institute under the aegis of UNESCO. “Environmental protection needs high-level training,” he said, “and it would be guaranteed through this initiative.”
The next phase of development for the institute on a partnership for environmental development (IPED) will be a feasibility study carried out jointly by the Italian authorities and UNESCO, in particular the Natural Sciences Sector. It will be submitted to the Executive Board during the next biennium for a final decision to be taken at the next General Conference.
Photo © UNESCO/Andrew Wheeler: Mr Koïchiro atsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, received the visit of Mr Matteoli, Minister of Environment and Territory of Italy during the 33rd Sesion of the UNESCO General Conference.