09.03.2017 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

Cooperation with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reinforced through “King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Programme for a Culture of Peace and Dialogue”

The fourth Steering Committee Meeting on the “King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Programme for a Culture of Peace and Dialogue”, organized by UNESCO and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was held in Riyadh, on 6 March 2017.

UNESCO and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have agreed to further strengthen the partnership in future through a potential new phase of the programme which would focus on priority countries such as Iraq, Syria and Yemen, and implement core activities in the area of conflict prevention and peace building, thus linking up to the current review of the UN’s work on peace.

The Chair of the meeting, H.E. Mr Faisal Bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar, former Vice-Minister of Education and Secretary-General of the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND), praised UNESCO’s outstanding support and informed about the satisfactory cooperation between the KACND, UNESCO Headquarters and Beirut Office. He emphasized that the Center takes pride in this most successful partnership and expressed appreciation for UNESCO’s credibility and global networks.

“I am positive that the Programme has been a valuable support to UNESCO’s work to promote a culture of peace, dialogue and harmony between cultures,” he said, also emphasizing the important role played by KACND in the development of dialogue awareness at the national level, as well as through the Centre’s cooperation with UNESCO Beirut on curriculum development in the Arab world.

Chairing the meeting on UNESCO’s side, Mr Dendev Badarch, Director of the Division of Social Transformations and Intercultural Dialogue in UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector, emphasized the importance of the partnership and the obvious relevance of the Programme in the current international context. He highlighted that the holistic approach adopted by the Programme was a highly positive aspect of the cooperation, as also set out in the recent external evaluation. He also drew attention to the clear linkage between the Programme and the 2030 Development Agenda, notably Goal 16.

Dr Al-Sultan, Deputy Secretary-General of the KACND, also expressed satisfaction with the programme’s accomplishments and highlighted the good team spirit characterizing the partnership at all levels of cooperation. Mr Talal Alotaibi, Administrative and Financial Director, represented the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the Meeting, which was equally attended by several programme specialists both from KACND and UNESCO.

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