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The Director-General signs a joint communiqué with the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines

On 9 October 2009, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, signed a joint communiqué with Mr Alberto Gatmaitan Romulo, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines at UNESCO Headquarters at the occasion of his official visit to the 35th session of UNESCO’s General Conference.

In this communiqué, UNESCO and the Philippines committed to work together to implement the first Philippines-UNESCO Country Programming Document (PH-UCPD) which will serve as a framework to work towards shared goals in education, science, culture, communication and information.

The PH-UCPD covers a period of 3 years (2009-2011) and is a result of an interactive, consultative and participatory process undertaken by UNESCO, through its Jakarta Office, and the Government of the Philippines.

During their meeting, the Director-General thanked the Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the excellent cooperation between UNESCO and his country, which had permitted the elaboration of the PH-UCPD. Highlighting the Philippines’ steady efforts to promote interfaith dialogue, the Director-General noted the special Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Ministerial Meeting on Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace to be held in Manila next December. Mr Matsuura also congratulated Mr Romulo for the proposed establishment of a UNESCO Category 2 centre on Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development in South-East Asia, which will be presented to this session of the General Conference.

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs transmitted to the Director-General the greetings of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, whom the Director-General had met at several occasions. Mr Romulo thanked Mr Matsuura for the nomination of the Philippine Madrigal singers as UNESCO Artist for Peace last July. Mr Romulo also thanked the Director-General for the emergency support provided to the country after the typhoon Emong in May 2009.

Finally, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Romulo paid tribute to Mr Matsuura for his tremendous achievements during the ten years of his mandate, and thanked him for his role in strengthening the cooperation between UNESCO and the Philippines.

Author(s): Office of the Spokesperson - Source: Flash Info N° 193-2009 -  Publication Date: 13-10-2009

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