Monday, October 06, 2008

UNESCO and Inter-American Development Bank

The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, and the President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno, signed today in Paris a Memorandum of Understanding for a Strategic Partnership to expand existing cooperation between the two organizations.

According to the agreement UNESCO and the IDB will be able to undertake joint activities in Latin America and the Caribbean in the following areas:
  • capacity building for the achievement of Education for All (EFA) goals;
  • the use of information technologies (ICTs) in education;
  • ethics of science and technology;
  • strengthening of national science and technology capacities;
  • youth violence prevention; protection and promotion of biological and cultural diversity, including the promotion of multilingualism;
  • prevention of natural disasters;
  • protection and safeguarding of natural and cultural heritage, including intangible cultural heritage;
  • development of cultural industries; and
  • urban development.

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