15.11.2011 - ODG

Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding under the “Malaysia UNESCO Cooperation Programme”

©UNESCO/Eric Bouttier-The Director-General with Malaysia’s ambassador to France, Mr Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal, on the occasion of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on 15 November, 2011.

The Government of Malaysia and the United Nations for Education, Sciences, Culture and Communications Organization (UNESCO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today under the “Malaysia UNESCO Cooperation Programme” (MUCP). The MOU under MUCP was signed by H.E. Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal, Ambassador of Malaysia to France, on behalf of the Government of Malaysia and Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. The signing took place at the Headquarters of UNESCO, Paris, France.

The MOU under MUCP was initiated in 2009 by the Honorable Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia who announced at the 35th General Conference of UNESCO, the establishment of Malaysian Cooperative Trust Fund which will be contributed to “enhance South-South cooperation for capacity building in education and science for the benefit of the Least Developed Countries, Small Island States in Asia and the Pacific and in support of the Priority Africa agenda of UNESCO.”

“This Memorandum of Understanding covers all our areas of competence and supports South-South cooperation in the Asia-Pacific that is so important today. It is a show of solidarity, ” said UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova.  She stated that Malaysia is a “vibrant country that has found ways of using its rich diversity for the benefit of development.”

Affirming that “the world needs UNESCO,” Malaysia’s ambassador to France, H.E. Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal, expressed hope that the Memorandum “will help UNESCO to carry out its mandate and to be the conscience of mankind through promoting peace, in the spirit of the preamble of its Constitution.”

The Malaysian trust fund will provide a launching grant of USD 5 Million, followed by a contribution of USD 1 Million annually. Programmes under this fund will be identified in cooperation  with UNESCO, particularly with the UNESCO Regional Offices in Bangkok and Jakarta, and the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO in the Ministry of Education. Under this initiative Malaysia will provide teachers training facility at pre service, in service, school administration and management. Towards this end, about 300 places will be provided annually at all levels.

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