Iraq and UNESCO sign a Global Cooperation Agreement
On 19 November 2012, the Governorate of Ninewah (Iraq) and UNESCO concluded a Global Cooperation Agreement by which the Parties agreed to strengthen and enhance co-operation in the field of education, sciences, culture and communication.
The areas of cooperation include inter alia the safeguarding and conservation of cultural heritage of the Governorate of Ninewah, the provision of capacity building in the field of conservation and management of cultural sites; as well as media capacity building.
“Thank you for your trust in UNESCO’s capacities to implement activities in mutually agreed areas; as you know, the Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova is very committed to Iraq” said Hans d’Orville, Assistant Director-General for Strategic Planning, who signed the agreement on behalf of the UNESCO Director-General. “We wish to take forward the delivery with UNESCO and happy to sign this agreement today” said Atheil Al-Najafi, the Governor of Ninewah.
Iraq is a strong partner to UNESCO, and the extrabudgetary self-benefiting cooperation is mainly focused on cultural heritage preservation.