UNESCO and TIKA partner for development cooperation
On 12 May 2011, UNESCO and the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) concluded a Memorandum of Understanding which provides for the exchange of information and the development of operational activities in areas of common interest and marks the beginning of formal cooperation between UNESCO and TIKA.
The partnership agreement was signed by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and Mr Mehmet Yilmaz, President of TiKA ad interim, in view of joining forces for initiatives in UNESCO’s fields of action, particularly regarding cooperation in cultural heritage, vocational training, institutional development and water related issues. The agreement defines the scope for joint actions in Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia and Middle East.
Speaking about the initiative whilst in Istanbul for the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, Irina Bokova indicated that “uniting TIKA’s and UNESCO’s expertise and capacity for joint initiatives in the fields of education, culture, the sciences, as well as communication and information, will make a solid contribution for the development of the concerned regions”.
Concrete entry points for cooperation will be identified during a first consultation meeting between UNESCO and TIKA scheduled for June 2011.