The signing ceremony was attended by various Government of Malaysia officials and representatives of the Malaysia National Commission for UNESCO. The event was also attended by Ms Pilar Álvarez-Laso, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences.
The MUCP was launched in 2009 by the Honorable Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia who announced at the 35th General Conference of UNESCO, the establishment of Malaysian Cooperative Trust Fund which will contribute to “enhance South-South cooperation for capacity building in education, science and culture for the benefit of the Least Developed Countries, Small Island States in Asia and the Pacific and in support of the Priority Africa agenda of UNESCO.”
Dato Dr. Rosli Bin Mohamed stated that “the MoU and FIT Agreement cover all areas of competence of UNESCO and stimulate South-South cooperation, while building on Malaysian institutions and expertise”. Dr. Hubert Gijzen thanked the Government of Malaysia for its strong support and cooperation. “With the signing of this FIT Agreement, the MUCP will now become operational, and this marks a new stage of even stronger cooperation between Malaysia and UNESCO”, he said.
The Malaysia Trust Fund will provide a launching grant of 5 million US$, plus one million US$ annually. Programmes and activities under this cooperation programme will be identified by the Steering Committee, in cooperation with UNESCO, in particular with the UNESCO Regional Offices in Bangkok and Jakarta, and the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO.
A first meeting of the Steering Committee, which oversees the implementation of the MUCP and FIT programme, will be held early May.