18.09.2010 - ODG

Director-General signs funding agreement to support the use of Arabic language in UNESCO

© UNESCO/Andrew Wheeler - Irina Bokova and Dr Mohamed El Ferjani Al-Husn of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, after signing a cooperation agreement to support the use of Arabic language in UNESCO

© UNESCO/Andrew Wheeler - Irina Bokova and members of the Arab Group at UNESCO prior to the signature of an agreement with the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to support the use of Arabic language in the Organization

On 17 September 2010, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and the Under Secretary-General of the General People’s Committee for Education and Scientific Research of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Dr Mohamed El Ferjani Al-Husn, signed a cooperation agreement whereby USD 1 million is provided to enhance the usage of the Arabic language in UNESCO. The signing ceremony was held at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris.

Recalling the first donation made in support of the Arabic language within UNESCO, which came from Saudi Arabia, the Director-General welcomed this initiative and expressed her satisfaction in signing this new agreement with the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. 

The objective of the programme set up by this agreement is to expand the use and ensure the presence of the Arabic language in UNESCO’s activities. The programme will run for an initial period of three years. It will strive to further develop the UNESCO Internet portal in Arabic, to strengthen relations with the media in Arabic-speaking countries, to increase production and distribution of key UNESCO publications and other information materials in Arabic, as well as amplify translations into Arabic language.




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