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The Director-General signs a Strategic Partnership Agreement with the Administrator of UNDP

The Director-General signs a Strategic Partnership Agreement with the Administrator of UNDP
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On 24 October 2008, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, and Mr Kemal Derviş, Administrator of UNDP, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a Strategic Partnership Agreement between UNESCO and UNDP.

The purpose of this MoU is to facilitate collaboration between the two organizations so as to enable national governments to access UN expertise in support of country development priorities and within the framework of common UN system programming.

The focus of cooperation will be on complementary and joint programming efforts in areas where UNDP capacity development and UNESCO technical expertise demonstrate an added value and can significantly contribute to results under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and other common UN regional or global frameworks for action. This may include but not be limited to:

(i) Poverty reduction and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)/Internationally Agreed Development Goals (IADGs):

- Education for All (EFA), including educational planning, literacy, secondary education, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) specifically towards Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), teacher training and HIV and AIDS education;

- Culture and development, with particular emphasis on sustaining cultural diversity in all its aspects as well as inter-cultural dialogue and cultural industries;

- Building knowledge societies through communication and information, fostering freedom of expression and the role of media in poverty reduction;

- Gender equality and gender mainstreaming.

(ii) Preservation of peace through educational, scientific, cultural and information initiatives, in particular in post-conflict situations;

(iii) Environment and sustainable development: biodiversity governance and management; integrated water resource management; marine and coastal resource management; and building scientific knowledge base and monitoring capacities;

(iv) Knowledge management through enhanced collaboration on common access to data and information as well as technical expertise, training materials, and good practices; and

(v) Resource mobilization, and the formulation of partnerships, including with actors from civil society and the private sector, for joint programmes.

With regard to programme implementation, the agreement reflects the importance of working through the United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) in order to respond effectively to national priorities and to build synergies, drawing on the potential of joint programming.

The MoU breaks new ground by providing that Resident Coordinators may call on representatives of UNESCO’s National Commissions in discussions on programming issues, especially in countries where UNESCO is a non-resident agency.

Furthermore, the MoU seeks to strengthen UNESCO’s contributions to the Regional Directors and Managers’ Teams (RDT/RMT) with UNDP support.

At Headquarters level, UNESCO and UNDP will explore opportunities and exchange information regarding innovative sources of funding to support areas for joint programmes.

Recognizing the value and necessity of sharing statistical and scientific information, UNESCO and UNDP will coordinate their efforts with the UNCTs and national authorities to avoid duplication in the collection, analysis and publication of data. This will help to establish a solid knowledge base that can be made available to RCs and UNCTs so as to ensure the best use of data available or to be collected, in an effort to reduce the burden on governments and other organizations.

Both UNDP and UNESCO will inform the staff of both organizations of the agreement, in particular Resident Coordinators, UNDP Country Directors and Directors/Heads of UNESCO field offices.

Both Mr Matsuura and Mr Derviş expressed their satisfaction at the signing of the MoU, which augurs well for effective cooperation between the two agencies and opens up new avenues, especially at the country level, for the pursuit of national development priorities and internationally agreed development goals, in particular EFA and the MDGs.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokesperson
  • Source:Flash Info N° 144-2008
  • 28-10-2008
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