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The Director-General signs a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Mayor of Moscow

On 16 November 2007, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, met with Mr Yuri Luzhkov, Mayor of Moscow (Russian Federation) to sign a Memorandum of Cooperation between UNESCO and the City of Moscow.

Mayor Luzhkov came to UNESCO especially for this occasion. He was accompanied by the Vice-President of the Douma, Mr Chilingarov, and the Deputy-Minister for Foreign Affairs,

Mr Yakovenko. Mr Kalamanov, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the Russian Federation to UNESCO, and other officials from the City of Moscow also attended the ceremony.

This Memorandum of Cooperation is the 4th in the series of Memoranda signed with the federal units of the Russian Federation after those signed with: the Republic of Tatarstan in 2003; the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania in 2003; and the Republic of Sakha-Yakutia in 2006. It is aimed at serving and enhancing cooperation between UNESCO and the city of Moscow, especially in the implementation of UNESCO initiatives related to cities, notably the European Coalition of Cities against Racism; the Creative Cities Network within the framework of Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity Initiatives; MOST Programme; Urban Water Management Programme; etc. Modalities of cooperation will be determined between Moscow and the relevant UNESCO Programme Sectors.

Following the signature of this Memorandum a specific agreement was signed on the implementation of the Pilot Project on Early Childhood Care and Education entitled “Moscow’s Education: From Infancy to School,” between UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education and the Director of the Department of External Relations of the City of Moscow.

In the bilateral meeting held prior to the signing ceremony, the Director-General expressed his satisfaction with the very active development of cooperation between UNESCO and the City of Moscow, and paid tribute to Mr Luzhkov’s personal efforts in strengthening this cooperation. Mr Matsuura also expressed certitude that the Memorandum of Cooperation and the Agreement on the Pilot project on Early Childhood Care and Education “will help increase collaboration and considerably contribute to common activities in the field of education.”

The Director-General recalled UNESCO’s strong presence in the City of Moscow through its Moscow Office and the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE). He also took this opportunity to inform Mr Luzhkov of the recent decision to establish a UNESCO category II Institute in Moscow: “It is with great pleasure that announce to you that the UNESCO General Conference approved, at its 34th session this Fall, the establishment of the International Sustainable Energy Centre in Moscow, under the auspices of UNESCO.”

Author(s): Office of the Spokeswoman - Source: Flash Info N° 176-2007 -  Publication Date: 16-11-2007

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