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DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF UNESCO

UNESCO and Hewlett-Packard sign partnership agreement

UNESCO and Hewlett-Packard sign partnership agreement
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On 19 December 2007, Koïchiro Matsuura, the Director-General of UNESCO, signed a partnership agreement with Ms. Gabriele Zedlmayer, Hewlett Packard’s Vice President for Global Citizenship and Corporate Marketing for Europe Middle East and Africa, establishing a framework for global cooperation between UNESCO and Hewlett Packard for the next five years (see Press Release N°2007-161).

Following the ceremony, Mr Matsuura underscored that “combining HP’s expertise in technology and innovation and UNESCO’s knowledge and networks in its fields of competence represents a unique potential to achieve UNESCO’s goals and values, notably by building capacities in education and in information and communication technologies, particularly in Africa, where this is the most needed.”

The Director-General went on to highlight that “the partnership agreement cements an already long-standing relationship between UNESCO and Hewlett Packard, which have been collaborating since 2003, notably to combat the brain drain phenomenon through the “Piloting Solutions for Alleviating Brain Drain” partnership in South-Eastern Europe and Africa.”

Hewlett-Packard has also been collaborating since 2004 with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, first to enhance the World Heritage Centre’s management of its images and documents, then for the re-designing and publishing of a map of World Heritage sites in collaboration with the National Geographic. More recently, joint projects have been launched to print a Biosphere Reserve map and to create online training modules for computer recycling.

The partnership agreement formalizes these common activities within a global cooperation framework. Under the new framework, the activities will be coordinated by a Steering Committee, which will monitor the development and execution of the partnership activities and develop a comprehensive communication plan to ensure even better visibility and impact for the partnership.

The Director-General noted that there were many other areas of possible collaboration between UNESCO and Hewlett-Packard within the new framework agreement. He thanked Hewlett-Packard for its continued support and expressed his hope for a long and fruitful partnership.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash Info N° 203-2007
  • 21-12-2007
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