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Denmark widens the scope of its support to UNESCO to climate change education

On 14 January, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, and Ambassador Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, Permanent Delegate of Denmark to UNESCO, signed an agreement on Denmark’s voluntary contributions to UNESCO’s programmes in 2008 and 2009.

The Danish contribution of 20 million DKK (around 3,7 million USD) per year will be used to continue the country’s support to UNESCO’s education and communication programmes. In particular, Denmark has chosen to focus on the capacity development programme for Education for All and the EFA Global Monitoring Report as well as institutional support to UNESCO’s institutes in the field of education: IIEP, UIS and UIL.

In the field of communication, the Danish contribution will be channelled through the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) to support the development of the free, independent and pluralistic media in the developing countries based on the assessments made using UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators.

Denmark has also decided to support UNESCO’s activities in the field of climate change education. The funds will be used to develop an educational tool for sustainable development, to organize a forum on climate change for indigenous peoples, small islands and vulnerable communities, and an international seminar on mobilizing educational and scientific networks in support of climate change education.

At the signing ceremony, the Director-General expressed his deep appreciation for and importance of Denmark’s ongoing extra-budgetary support to UNESCO. Referring to his recent visits to Nigeria and Cameroon the Director-General recalled that the national authorities had welcomed UNESCO’s increasing engagement in country-level delivery. The Director-General stated that it was largely due to extra-budgetary funding – such as that of Denmark – that UNESCO could step up its presence at country level.

In his remarks, the Ambassador said that Denmark’s maintenance of the level of its extra-budgetary funding to UNESCO symbolized the country’s renewed commitment to the Organization. He highlighted Denmark’s widening of its support to the field of climate change education and expressed his hope this would benefit vulnerable small island development states and help raise UNESCO’s profile in the run-up to the UN’s Fifteenth Conference of the Parties under the UN’s Climate Change Convention (COP15) to be hosted by the Government of Denmark in December 2009.

Author(s): Office of the Spokesperson - Source: Flash Info N° 004-2009 -  Publication Date: 16-01-2009

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