The Director-General expressed his satisfaction at signing with the Minister “this very important Joint Communiqué, which will set out clear cut guidelines for future direction in the cooperation between UNESCO and Indonesia.” He emphasized that UNESCO would take all the necessary measures, particularly through its office in Jakarta, to implement this Joint Communiqué in cooperation with the Indonesian government and the National Commission for UNESCO. Mr Matsuura further added that Indonesia and UNESCO “share a common vision and commitment to a peaceful world through collaboration among nations in all UNESCO’s areas of competencies.”
The Director-General underscored that the most recent development in the bilateral cooperation was the completion of the Indonesia-UNESCO Country Programming Document (I-UCPD), annexed to the Joint Communiqué and which represents one of the first such planning and country programming tools for UNESCO.
On this occasion, the Director-General and the Minister also discussed a wide range of issues relating to the bilateral cooperation of UNESCO and Indonesia, particularly in Education and Culture.
Minister Soedibyo presented Mr Matsuura with the ratification of the 2003 UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Director-General encouraged Indonesia also to ratify the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, noting its great significance and that not many countries in Asia have done so.
The Minister stated that Indonesia is looking forward to hosting the next E9 Ministerial meeting in March 2008, which is expected to be inaugurated by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia. He also informed the Director-General about Indonesia’s initiative to organize a World Culture Forum at the end of 2008. “This project will certainly count with UNESCO’s full cooperation,” concluded Mr Matsuura.
Author(s): Office of the Spokeswoman - Source: Flash Info N° 133-2007 - Publication Date: 15-10-2007