United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Director-General signs UNESCO/ISESCO cooperation programme for 2008-2009

On Monday 21 April 2008, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, signed a cooperation agreement with the Director-General of the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Mr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, at UNESCO Headquarters.

The ceremony was attended by Mr Noureddine Toualbi, Permanent Observer of ISESCO to UNESCO and by numerous representatives from ISESCO and UNESCO’s programme sectors.
This agreement makes provision for the implementation of 128 projects, to be jointly financed to the value of some USD 5 million, over the biennium 2008-2009, by UNESCO and ISESCO. Covering the fields of education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, communication and information, the activities include international and regional experts meetings, national capacity-building workshops, seminars on best practices and sharing of experiences, the establishment of databases, the organization of science policy fora, training courses and sessions, publications and translations.

“In twenty years of cooperation, never have we had so many joint activity projects”, stated Mr Matsuura in his welcoming address. “This bears testimony to a very successful and sustainable partnership, allowing us to achieve common goals of development, peace and dialogue in the Arab, African and Asian regions”, he added.

“Knowledge needs to be shared. We must endow countries with powerful research systems and development strategies, highly effective education systems, and a range of public learning and cultural facilities. To meet these challenges, UNESCO commands the valuable expertise and experience of ISESCO. I have no doubt these 128 new projects will help us to propose lines of action favouring an interdisciplinary approach to scientific cooperation based on the sharing of information, know-how and best practices”, concluded M. Matsuura.

Mr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, in his response, praised the fruitful cooperation engaged in, since 1988, with UNESCO: “This cooperation has proven most effective in helping Member States to address challenges emanating from globalization in an integrated framework. Today, ISESCO stands ready again, together with UNESCO, to respond to an increasing demand for advice and expertise based on analysis, understanding, sharing and anticipation”, he emphasized.

Author(s): Office of the Spokeswoman - Source: Flash Info N° 049-2008 -  Publication Date: 21-04-2008

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