UNESCO and Denmark strengthen cooperation and sign a Funding Agreement
On 19 November 2010, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and Poul Erik Dam Kristensen, Ambassador of Denmark to UNESCO, representing the Government of Denmark, signed a funding Agreement in support to UNESCO’s programmes and activities. The agreement covers a period of two years, 2010-2011, for an amount of DKK 40 million (approximately 7.5 million USD).
The contribution will be assigned to five areas of shared priorities between UNESCO and the Government of Denmark. These include: Education for All with a particular focus on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs); capacity-development for freedom of expression, access to information, free media and safety of journalists in LDCs and in Post-Conflict Post-Disaster situations; Climate change education activities; Human Rights and Intercultural Dialogue; and the UNESCO Independent External Evaluation.
In her remarks, Irina Bokova expressed her appreciation for Denmark’s strong support for UNESCO’s action in all its fields of competence. She noted the country’s important role as one of the major donors to the Organisation.
The Director-General thanked Denmark in particular for the support given to UNESCO’s activities related to ‘Education for All’, which represents the most significant part of Denmark’s total contribution for the biennium. She also highlighted the country’s new thematic focus on Human Rights and Inter-cultural dialogue as well as the welcoming support for the Independent External Evaluation. The Director-General went on to underline the importance of the on-going cooperation between UNESCO and Denmark in the fields of freedom of expression and climate change.
For his part, Poul Erik Dam Kristensen spoke about the importance that Denmark attaches to its work with UNESCO and underscored that his country would continue providing, as a minimum, the UN target for development assistance, despite the financial crisis.