European Union-UNESCO: working together for change
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the European Union have today announced they will strengthen their cooperation and scale up their joint operations on areas of mutual interest. The decision comes one year after the signing of a partnership agreement (technically a Memorandum of Understanding, or MoU) between the two organizations.
The MoU has resulted in the possibility to fund activities such as building tsunami emergency response capacity in Haiti, or the International Teachers Task Force for Education for All, which helps countries secure an adequate number of competent and motivated teachers. The new initiatives will push the European Commission’s contributions to the partnership to around €30 million. EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, said that "the initiative has proven that working together means our work is even more effective. The EU and UNESCO share several priorities, but above all they share the desire to strengthen fundamental values to achieve inclusive development".
For more information: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-925_en.htm