10.09.2013 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Strengthening the capacities of UNESCO National Commissions in French-speaking African countries


National Commissions for UNESCO in 24 French-speaking African countries are invited to join a 3-day meeting to strengthen their operational capacities, network and mobilize partnerships for UNESCO activities in their countries.

The meeting is taking place in Dakar, Senegal from 11-13 September 2013. It is an opportunity for representatives of National Commissions to update their knowledge on the priorities and programmes of UNESCO, as well as share their experiences and best practices to learn from each other.

The 24 countries are: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti , Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, DR Sao Tome and Principe, Mauritius , Senegal (host country), the Seychelles and Togo.

The meeting will be opened on 11 September 2013 at 9am by the Minister of Education of Senegal as well as UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public Information, Mr. Eric Falt and Mr Jean Adotevi, representing the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office in Dakar.

It is organized by the Sector for External Relations and Public Information UNESCO and the UNESCO Office in Dakar in cooperation the Government of Senegal .

Emphasis will be placed on the basic functions and roles of National Commissions, the contribution of National Commissions for UNESCO's visibility at the country level, the priorities of UNESCO’s strategy and programmes, as well as UNESCO’s overall reform efforts and the priority given to Africa by UNESCO.

About the National Commissions for UNESCO

UNESCO is the only UN agency to have a global network of national cooperating bodies known as National Commissions for UNESCO.

Set up by their respective governments, the National Commissions act as agencies of consultation, liaison and information, and mobilizing and coordinating partnerships with national partners, including the civil society, the National Commissions make also substantial contributions in the advancement of UNESCO’s objectives and in the implementation of its programme.

Presently, there are 199 National Commissions for UNESCO across the world.

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