28.05.2012 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

UNESCO National Commissions in Sahel countries meet in Dakar

The Secretary Generals of National Commissions in the 7 cluster countries and UNESCO Dakar staff.

Representatives of the seven UNESCO National Commissions covered by UNESCO's Regional Office in Dakar are meeting in Dakar from 29-31 May 2012.

The seven countries are Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and the Gambia.

The national commissions will meet with UNESCO colleagues in Dakar to identify opportunities for collaboration in current programme activities as well as to discuss how to improve working relations and communication.

"In short, we will explore all possibilities that will enable us to progress together," says Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, Director of the Dakar Office.

Preparing for future actions

The meeting is taking place prior to UNESCO's consultation with all National Commissions in Africa to be held in Abidjan from 6 to 8 June 2012.

The aim of this consultation is to involve UNESCO's member states in the preparation of the Organizations future programme covering 2014-2022.

"The objective is to ensure that our actions undertaken during this period are in line with the priorities of countries and people and have a real impact on their lives," adds Ndong-Jatta.

The UNESCO National Commissions are national cooperating bodies set up by the Member States for the purpose of associating their governmental and non-governmental bodies with the work of the Organization.

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