Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'éducation, la science et la culture

Director-General concludes US$ 3 million cooperation agreement with the World Islamic Call Society (WICS)

On 18 October 2007, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, signed at Paris Headquarters a cooperation agreement with the World Islamic Call Society (WICS), represented by its Secretary General, Dr Mohamed Ahmed Sherif.

The World Islamic Call Society, under this cooperation agreement, will give an additional contribution of US$ 3 million to UNESCO. It will mobilize funds for various important programmes and activities in all of UNESCO’s domains of competence, with a strong emphasis on Education for All and poverty eradication, particularly in Africa and Arab States. Collaboration on the establishment of UNESCO Chairs in African universities will be given special attention.

More specifically, WICS will provide funding for the promotion of the UNESCO-sponsored History of Islamic Science and Technology and its introduction in curricula and educational teaching materials. In the field of science, WICS will support projects in Uganda and Djibouti, strengthening national capacities in the area of water management and ground water prospection. Finally, in response to the Addis Ababa Declaration on Science, Technology and Scientific Research for development adopted by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union in January 2007, WICS will support UNESCO flagship projects on capacity-building in science policy and the establishment of an African virtual campus.

"Providing quality education for all is one of our major goals. But we must also highlight the crucial role of culture and science in the eradication of poverty,” declared the Director-General. “In this context, strengthening global partnerships for development with organizations such as WICS is increasingly relevant,” he added.

“I am confident this generous commitment from WICS will help us to better contribute to development and regional integration in Africa. In this regard, we must continue to place special emphasis on the ties between education and culture and on the use for science, technology and innovation for sustainable development, as urged the Heads of State and Government of the Africa Union,” concluded Mr Matsuura.

Auteur(s): La Porte-parole - Source: Flash Info N° 144-2007 -  Date de publication: 22-10-2007

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