UNESCO and MiSK Foundation join forces for knowledge societies
On 13 September 2016, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, and the Secretary-General of the MiSK Foundation, Mr Bader Al-Assaker, signed a Framework Agreement embracing all of UNESCO’s fields of competence, with a special emphasis on youth, education, new technologies, culture, and science. This signature came as a concrete follow up to the visit at UNESCO Headquarters of His Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in June 2016, as well as to the support provided by the MiSK Foundation to the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum in October 2015.
“Today’s signature is a powerful moment to reaffirm what we do for youth and education,” said the Director-General. During the bilateral discussion preceding the signature, the Director-General expressed her deepest gratitude to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its unerring support to the achievement of common goals, and namely regarding youth empowerment, civic engagement, as well as the protection of cultural heritage, particularly in Yemen.
“Joining hands to promote our common message is more essential than ever,” added Irina Bokova. “We must continue to work towards more knowledge societies, more knowledge, especially among youth, about UNESCO and its humanist message”, underscored Ms Bokova.
Through this Agreement with the MiSK Foundation, “UNESCO will be able to convey with renewed strength its message of dialogue, tolerance and human values,” she continued.
Mr Al-Assaker, on behalf of His Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, reiterated the strong will of the MiSK Foundation to “develop further big initiatives jointly with UNESCO, particularly in the fields of education and culture, targeting youth in Saudi Arabia, in Africa, in Asia, and in other regions of the world”.
Both the Director-General and the Secretary-General of the MiSK Foundation renewed their commitment to accompany the youth’s efforts in Saudi Arabia, and in other countries.
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