Chad contributes $ 1 million to UNESCO’s Emergency Fund
At the end of her official visit to the Republic of Chad, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova met with the President of the Republic, Idriss Deby Itno. Recalling the longstanding cooperation between Chad and UNESCO, the President informed the Director-General of his decision to contribute 500 million FCFA ($ 1,012,276.72) to UNESCO’s Emergency Fund, created by the Director-General. He also awarded the Director-General with the title of “Commander of the National Order of Chad,” the highest national honorary award.
"This decision strengthens the action of UNESCO and it is a powerful source of encouragement for the Organization," said the Director-General. She also declared that this contribution would be used to strengthen programs for Africa and gender equality, the two global priorities of the Organization, as well as sustainable development programs in Chad and the sub-region.
The Director-General confirmed UNESCO’s commitment to support Chad's efforts in pursuing its strategic objectives. Mr. Idriss Déby Itno recalled that the country's first priority is education, particularly girls' education as well as technical and vocational education to foster youth employment and social inclusion.
Environmental conservation and protection of biodiversity, especially Lake Chad, is another major challenge, for which the President requested the support of the Organization to mobilize development partners and donors, in order to undertake concrete commitments as soon as possible.
Both parties agreed to continue joint advocacy for sustainable development in the run-up to the Rio +20 conference.