The Director-General signs a Cooperation Agreement with FLACSO

The Director-General signs a Cooperation Agreement with FLACSO
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On 7 November 2008, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, signed an Agreement with Mr Francisco Rojas Aravena, Secretary-General of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), which renews the long-standing cooperation between the two organizations.

Also present at the signing ceremony were Mr Adrián Bonilla, Director of FLACSO Ecuador, and a large number of Ambassadors, Permanent Delegates and Representatives from Latin American and Caribbean Member States to UNESCO that are also members of FLACSO.

The Director-General began his remarks by recalling his participation in the celebration of FLACSO’s 50th anniversary on May 2007 in Quito, Ecuador. “I was very pleased to meet the representatives of the Organization’s 17 Member States on that occasion and to be able to express UNESCO’s appreciation for its long history of cooperation with FLACSO,” he stated. Mr Matsuura went on to note that FLACSO had been created in 1957 under the auspices of UNESCO. “The agreement signed today is a consequence of the fruitful discussions held in Quito last year. It renews the first agreement signed between both Organizations in 1977, in which they formalized a cooperation that had begun since the creation of this Social Sciences Inter-Governmental Organization.”

Continuing in Spanish, the Director-General underscored the importance of collaboration in UNESCO’s priority programmes, especially in addressing new social challenges. He highlighted FLACSO’s role in the work of the Forum of Ministers of Social Development and emphasized the Organization’s contributions as a “builder of bridges between ideas and public policies.” […] “This is in harmony with the objectives of UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector of linking research and policy in order to instil evidence-based policy making as a main tool for attaining sustainable development,” he added.

In his address, Secretary-General Rojas Aravena thanked Mr Matsuura and stated that “UNESCO was the inspiring force for the creation of FLACSO.” […] “It is thanks to UNESCO’s help that FLACSO was able to evolve throughout its 51years of existence.” Noting that FLACSO links the Latin American academic world with public policy formulation in order to contribute to the development of the region, the Secretary-General expressed his confidence that the agreement with UNESCO would assist FLACSO in coping with today’s challenges of a globalized world.

The Ambassadors of Chile and Argentina, Ms María Pilar Armanet and Mr Miguel Estrella respectively, as well as UNESCO’s Deputy Director-General, Mr Márcio Barbosa, also took the floor to express their appreciation for the signature of this important agreement.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokesperson
  • Source:Flash Info N° 156-2008
  • 12-11-2008
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