Saudi Arabia contributes US$ 5 million to UNESCO in support of a culture of peace and dialogue
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova welcomed the initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to contribute US$ 5 million to support the implementation of the “Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Programme for a Culture of Peace and Dialogue”. The Director-General noted that “it is particularly fitting that this programme should be taking shape in the context of the International Year of the Rapprochement of Cultures, with which His Majesty is himself closely associated.”
Irina Bokova delivered the speech on 12 October, on the occasion of the visit of His Highness Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Saud, Minister of Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to the 185th session of the Executive Board. The Director-General expressed the Organization’s appreciation: “The list of your country’s contributions to international cooperation is too long to enumerate. Let me however mention the substantial funds allocated for the refurbishment of the Al-Aqsa Museum” in Jerusalem. She added, “it is appropriate that I express to you, as Minister of Education, UNESCO’s appreciation for your commitment to expand learning opportunities worldwide. Your Kingdom is the largest emerging donor in education and, as such, a major actor in the global effort to achieve Education for All by 2015.”
Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah stressed the continued cooperation between his country and UNESCO, focusing on the “Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz initiative for dialogue between cultures and religions”.
Following the visit to the Executive Board, His Highness Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in support of the Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Programme for a Culture of Peace and Dialogue to the amount of US$ 5 million earmarked for development of programmes and events to spread a culture of peace and dialogue as well as tolerance in Member States.”
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