UNESCO and UPEACE agree to reinforce cooperation

UNESCO and UPEACE agree to reinforce cooperation
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On 18 February 2009, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, and the Rector of the University of Peace, Mr John J. Maresca, met at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris to discuss ways of strengthening cooperation between the two organizations.

Headquartered in Costa Rica, the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) was established in December 1980 as a Treaty Organization by the UN General Assembly. As determined in the Charter of the University, its mission is: “to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.”

During the meeting, Mr Maresca briefed the Director-General on the expanding worldwide networks and partnerships of the University. He also highlighted the efforts UPEACE was leading to promote peace education in conflict situations.

Mr Matsuura agreed that he would look at ways in which UNESCO could support UPEACE in this important work. Both organizations share expertise in human rights and peace education, including curriculum development and teacher training. Both share a common concern to strengthen the capacity of educational institutions to lead programmes focused on human security and sustainable development issues. Both also have a strong network of affiliated centres and partners across the world. The Director-General said that UNESCO would rapidly examine practical opportunities for collaboration based on these common competencies and interests.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokesperson
  • Source:Flash Info N° 026-2009
  • 20-02-2009
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