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Establishment of the International Children Centre (ARTEK), Signature of an agreement between UNESCO and the Ukraine

Following the recent decision by the Executive Board (175 EX/Decision 19) to approve the designation of the International Children Centre (ARTEK) as a Category II Centre under the auspices of UNESCO, an agreement for the establishment of this Centre was signed on Thursday 9 November 2006 by the Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, and the President of the National Commission of the Ukraine to UNESCO and First Deputy Foreign Minister, Volodymyr Ogryzko.

ARTEK is the first Category II Centre explicitly devoted to the needs and interests of young people, and Mr Matsuura welcomed its establishment as “a most valuable tool for realizing the objectives of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World, as well as for advancing UNESCO’s mandate to mainstream the needs and requirements of youth in all the programme areas of the Organization”. On this occasion, the Director-General expressed his satisfaction at the opportunities created by this joint cooperation between the Ukraine and UNESCO. “ARTEK has acquired extensive experience and expertise in the conduct of international youth programmes aimed at promoting tolerance and understanding and ways of learning to live together in peace, in particular through the medium of arts education. It has thus made a significant contribution to dialogue among young people from different countries”, Mr Matsuura added.

Mr Ogryzko expressed his “pride” in signing this agreement, which “will contribute to strengthening relations between UNESCO and the Ukraine”. “The objectives and the activities undertaken by ARTEK correspond to several of UNESCO’s activities, in particular in the fields of education and culture. I’m proud that ARTEK will become the first centre under the auspices of UNESCO entirely devoted to the needs and aspirations of the youth”, he stated.

Before the signing ceremony, Mr Matsuura and Mr Ogryzko held a bilateral meeting during which the First Deputy Foreign Minister officially deposed the Ukraine’s instrument of ratification of the Convention Against Doping in Sport, which was adopted unanimously by the 33rd session of UNESCO’s General Conference. He also informed the Director-General that the process was under way for the ratification of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

Auteur(s): Office of the Spokeswoman - Source: Flash info n°175-2006 -  Date de publication: 09-11-2006

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