Saudi Arabia signs agreement on contributing USD 20 million to UNESCO
On 15 October 2012, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and H.E. Mr. Ziad Aldrees, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO, signed an agreement to formalize the USD 20 million contribution from the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Organization’s Emergency Fund.
In the presence of the Ambassadors of the Arab League, Brazil, France, India and Morocco, Irina Bokova thanked warmly His Majesty Kind Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, as well as His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Abdullah Al Saud, Minister of Education, for the Kingdom’s contribution to UNESCO’s core programmes, and underlined her sincere appreciation for the overall support of Saudi Arabia during the current financial difficulties that the Organization is facing. She also thanked His Excellency Ambassador Aldrees for his continued personal commitment and efforts.
Ambassador Aldrees declared that Saudi Arabia, as a co-founder of UNESCO, has always been a staunch supporter of the Organization and it will remain one. He highlighted in particular the important role played by UNESCO in its fields of competence to advance mutual understanding and in the building of peace. He also commended the Director-General for her dynamic efforts to reform the Organization, strengthening its focus and relevance.