09.12.2011 - ODG

UNESCO Director-General strengthens cooperation with Denmark

© UNESCO/Paola Leoncini-BartoliUNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova and Minister for Development Cooperation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Christian Friis Bach, Denmark, 9 December 2011.

Taking into account UNESCO’s current financial situation, the Government of Denmark has generously decided to provide a voluntary contribution to UNESCO and to ensure the early disbursement of the amount.

During the Director-General’s official visit to Denmark on 8 December, Irina Bokova and Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach signed an agreement on cooperation between UNESCO and Denmark on core priorities of shared interest. 

This agreement, in the amount of DKK 20 million (about 3.5 million American dollars), represents Denmark’s voluntary contribution to UNESCO for the two year period 2012-2013.

Funds will be geared to the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and the six Education for All goals, as set out in the 2000 Dakar Framework for Action. 

Core priorities of the agreement include support to least developed countries (LDCs), strengthening capacity development for freedom of expression, media freedom and the safety of journalists, including in post-conflict and post-disaster situations, and supporting follow-up activities to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20), including climate change education.

The Director-General noted how much she appreciates the continued approach of flexible funding, leaving the Organization free to use the funds as it sees fit, based on the strategic priorities that fall within the agreement.

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