Renewed cooperation between UNESCO and ISESCO
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and the Director-General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri signed a new framework agreement on 5 June to reinforce the longstanding cooperation between both institutions. The first such cooperation agreement was signed in 1984 and renewed in 2010.
“ISESCO is a very reliable partner,” said Irina Bokova. “The signing of this agreement is timely and will strengthen our platform for dialogue. Since we are engaging in preparing our mid-term strategy, this agreement will enhance the two strategic pillars, which are promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development.”
Underlining that this has been a remarkable and exemplary partnership, Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri said “we have enjoyed a long and fruitful cooperation since 1984, and we are now entering a new promising phase with this strategic cooperation agreement”.
UNESCO and ISESCO agree to carry out a more focused programme of cooperation in the areas of education, culture and the sciences to achieve shared strategic objectives for the benefit of Islamic countries throughout the world. Twenty joint projects have been identified and are now being studied with a view to their implementation.
The signing ceremony took place at UNESCO in the presence of institutional and diplomatic representatives of both Organizations. Many Ambassadors to UNESCO from Arab and Islamic countries were present as well as the Representative of the League of Arab States.