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24.02.2012 - ODG

UNESCO Director-General presents a Roadmap for UNESCO reform

© UNESCO/A. Freindorf - Plenary meeting during the 186th session of the Executive Board in May 2011

UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, will present a strategy that responds to current financial resource constraints to the 189th session of Executive Board, meeting in Paris from 27 February to 10 March. Her goal is to execute the programme for the 2012-2013 biennium as approved by the General Conference within the constraints of a sharply reduced budget. “The situation is moving quickly, this is a rolling strategy “stated the Director General. The roadmap, which identifies targets and timelines, requires action to:

  • focus the programme and target efforts even more specifically towards least developed countries
  • step up fundraising activities to complement regular budget resources;
  • further decentralize UNESCO’s work and resource mobilization activities to the regional and country levels to position UNESCO closer to the field;
  • expand alliances, partnerships and joint programmes with organizations/institutions sharing and contributing to similar goals;
  • introduce a flatter and less fragmented management structure, with particular reference (at this time) to units charged with providing administrative and programme support services;
  • take full advantage of the potential of information and communication technologies;
  • introduce greater delegation of authority and clarify accountabilities;
  • reinforce monitoring, evaluation and oversight of all programmes.

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