The Director-General signs an Agreement establishing a Category 2 Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Director-General signs an Agreement establishing a Category 2 Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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On 21 January 2008, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, signed an agreement with Malaysian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Jamaludin Jarjis, following a decision taken by the 34th session of UNESCO’s General Conference.

This agreement establishes an International Centre for South-South Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as a Category 2 Centre under the auspices of UNESCO. The Permanent Delegate of Malaysia to UNESCO, Mr Kenneth Luis, was also present at the meeting.

During the signature ceremony, the Director-General expressed his satisfaction for the creation of the centre and underscored the importance of establishing South-South cooperation, notably in the field of science, technology and innovation. “South-South cooperation is being fully integrated in UNESCO programmes as a mechanism for exchange of information and best practices as well as resources and know-how,” he noted.

Referring to its functions and objectives, Mr Matsuura highlighted that “the centre shall establish links between academia and industry, facilitate information exchange and dissemination, address problems faced by developing countries to conduct knowledge-based economic activities, and develop networking, collaborative research and development, as well as training programmes.”

Commending Minister Jarjis for this illustration of Malaysia’s strong commitment to promoting international cooperation, the Director-General referred to the Minister’s participation in the Ministerial Meeting on Science on the margins of the 34th General Conference, where he was speaker in Session 3 “Highlights and guidelines for UNESCO action in science and technology for 2008-2013.” Minister Jarjis remarked that “creating the condition for knowledge exchange is to create growth for the future.”

Mr Matsuura recalled his recent participation in the Forum of Alliance of Civilizations in Madrid (15-16 January 2008) where he met the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mr Abdullah Badawi. He expressed his satisfaction in meeting the Prime Minister again at the upcoming World Economic Forum in Davos later this week. Also, on March 2008, the Director-General will visit Malaysia on the occasion of the 43rd SEAMEO Council Conference, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, and during which he shall sign a renewed version of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UNESCO and SEAMEO.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash Info N° 006-2008
  • 22-01-2008
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