UNESCO and OECD strengthen their cooperation

UNESCO and OECD strengthen their cooperation
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On 7 September 2007, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, and the Secretary-General of OECD, Angel Gurria, signed a new agreement with a view to reaffirming and strengthening the relationship between the two Organizations.

This updates a previous agreement governing the relations between UNESCO and OECD concluded in 1963. Mr Matsuura and Mr Gurria decided that such a revision was necessary to take advantage of the synergy, complementarity and exchanges of expertise between the two organizations. There are many ways each can assist the work of the other, by contributing their particular strengths and competencies. Mr Gurria and Mr Matsuura discussed potential areas for their cooperation such as quality and equity in learning outcomes in both basic and higher education. This cooperation will be enriched by UNESCO’s presence at the field level.

They also discussed the ways and means to extend cooperation into other fields, notably in fresh water; science policy formulation; developing innovation strategies for developing countries; bioethics; use of technologies and information system; building statistical capacities; in developing indicators and initiatives applicable to developing countries.

On this occasion, Mr Matsuura expressed his “deep satisfaction with the results of this cooperation in recent years and the excellent results that have been achieved, particularly in the field of Education with such important initiatives as the World Education Indicators and the Guidelines for Quality provision in Cross-border Higher Education.”

The Director-General expressed the wish that “the renewal of the 1963 cooperation agreement will allow UNESCO and OECD to continue to work in synergy and lead to further worthwhile and important initiatives.”

  • Auteur(s):La Porte-parole
  • Source:Flash Info N° 114-2007
  • 08-09-2007
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