Saudi Arabia donates US$ 20 million to UNESCO
The Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO announced on Tuesday that King Abdallah Ibn Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud will donate $20 million to the Organization’s Emergency Fund.
Ambassador Ziad Aldrees declared that “this contribution is not the first and would not be the last from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia [...] I want to assure you that in the name of Prince Faisal bin Abdulluh Al Saud, Head of the Saudi National Commission to UNESCO, [...] that this contribution is to support our Organization and its programmes”.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, warmly thanked the King of Saudi Arabia “for this important announcement which is a sign of deep commitment and leadership made at a difficult moment for the Organization.”
The donation brings to $58.5 million the contributions of Member States to the Fund, which was established by the Director-General in November 2011.
Since that date, donations have been pledged by Algeria, Belize, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Gabon, Iceland, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Monaco, Namibia, Qatar, Timor Leste, and Turkey.
The Director-General was briefing the Executive Board on UNESCO’s financial situation when the ambassador from Saudi Arabia announced the donation.