EU signs new partnership with UNESCO on education, culture, science and human rights
A new deal that will boost cooperation, dialogue and help to share information and best practice between the EU and UNESCO was signed today between the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, and the Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs.
The Memorandum of Understanding sets out clear, strategic priorities and encourages increased policy dialogue on areas of mutual interest between the two organisations, such as education, culture, science and technology, maritime policy and freedom of expression. The partnership will offer enlarged opportunities to address local, regional and global challenges, also through a reinforced dialogue between EU Delegations and UNESCO Field Offices and UNESCO specialized Institutes. Welcoming the initiative, Commissioner Piebalgs said: "Today's new agreement builds on our shared values and confirms our desire to strengthen collaboration with UNESCO in order to make our work together even more effective. The renewed commitment to focus on sectors like human rights and education is in line with our own priorities, and I hope that by working together with our partners like this we will be able to make more of a difference in these key areas than ever before."