UNESCO signs memorandum of understanding with the Inter-American Development Bank

UNESCO signs memorandum of understanding with the Inter-American Development Bank
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On 6 October 2008, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a strategic partnership with Mr Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Also present at the signing ceremony were Mr Carlos M. Jarque, Director of the Bank’s Paris Office and Mr Marcio Barbosa, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO.

The purpose of the MOU between the two institutions is to formalize a framework of cooperation in the areas of education, the sciences, culture and communication in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean that are members of both parties. Within the framework of the MOU, the parties will cooperate in the following areas: education for all; information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education; youth issues including youth violence prevention; the protection of biodiversity; natural disaster mitigation and risk preparedness; the ethics of science and technology; science ethics education; strengthening national science and technology capacities; the protection and promotion of cultural and biological diversity; the protection and safeguarding of cultural and natural heritage; the development of cultural industries; and urban development.

Following the signature of the accord, the Director-General began his intervention by noting that UNESCO and the Inter-American Development Bank have a long history of cooperation, starting with the conclusion of a first MOU in 1967. He highlighted that, while the first MOU was mainly concerned with cooperation on technical and vocational training, since then UNESCO and the Bank have expanded and deepened their cooperation, especially in the fields of education and culture.

Mr Matsuura noted that “in signing an updated MOU today, our aim is to develop a more structured, organization-wide approach to cooperation, including upstream exchanges on policy areas of common concern, advocacy on shared priorities and more regular consultations. We are also keen to develop a more structured approach to the planning of activities at project level that respond to the strategic priorities of both organizations and makes the best of their respective added value and expertise for the benefit of our common Member States in the Latin American and Caribbean Region.”

The Director-General concluded his intervention by stating that the signing of the MOU “represented a solid basis to energize our cooperation over the next several years.”

Mr Moreno then took the floor to underscore the importance of collaboration between the two institutions, particularly in the field of culture, noting that Latin America was a culturally rich and diverse region that could benefit from UNESCO’s expertise on this domain.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokesperson
  • Source:Flash Info N° 135-2008
  • 07-10-2008
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