22.11.2011 - UNESCOPRESS

Indonesia pledges $10 million to UNESCO during Director-General's visit

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Stating that UNESCO was experiencing difficult times, Indonesia's Minister of Education and Culture Mohammad Nuh today announced that his government will contribute $10 million to support UNESCO's activities.

The announcement was made during the first official visit by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova to Indonesia, where she  opened the 6th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Bali. The Director-General also met with the Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Agung Laksono and the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu.

The Director-General expressed her gratitude for this significant and timely contribution, affirming that it would support UNESCO's core activities, including the preservation of heritage, capacity building and improving the quality of education. A substantial part of the funding will be used for programmes to support Indonesia and the ASEAN region.

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