MALAYSIA-UNESCO COOPERATION PROGRAMME

The establishment of the Malaysia-UNESCO Cooperation Programme (MUCP) was announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Hon. Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak during the 35th session of UNESCO General Conference in 2009. Malaysia pledged to provide financial contribution (USD 5 million and subsequent USD 1 million per year) through the Malaysia Funds-in-Trust (MFIT),for supporting the implementation of projects jointly selected under the MUCP. Through this Fund, the cooperation between Malaysia and UNESCO is strengthened, in particular to the mobilization of Malaysian expertise and services of Malaysian institutions, including the existing Category 2 Centres and South-South Cooperation for the benefit of the countries of the Asia and the Pacific region as well as for Africa, with particular emphasis on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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The establishment of the Malaysia-UNESCO Cooperation Programme (MUCP) was announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Hon. Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak during the 35th session of UNESCO General Conference in 2009. Malaysia pledged to provide financial contribution (USD 5 million and subsequent USD 1 million per year) through the Malaysia Funds-in Trust, for supporting the implementation of projects jointly selected under the MUCP. Through this Fund, the cooperation between Malaysia and UNESCO is strengthened, in particular to the mobilization of Malaysian expertise and services of Malaysian institutions, including the existing Category 2 Centres and South-South cooperation for the benefit of the countries of the Asia and the Pacific region as well as for Africa, with particular emphasis on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

The MUCP would serve the common interest of Malaysia and UNESCO and contribute to the enhancement of South-South Cooperation in education, science and technology, natural, social and human sciences, culture, communications and information.

The implementation of the projects under MUCP will contribute to the attainment of internationally agreed development goals including the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) as well as Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which will build upon the MDGs and converge with the post 2015 development agenda.

The projects should strengthen UNESCO’s:

  • Medium Term Strategy C/4; and
  • Approved Programme and Budget C/5

Besides the above, the projects may also have direct contribution to the following:

  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC);
  • Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.
Madame Irina Bokova

Madame Irina Bokova

Director-General of UNESCO

“I wish to renew my gratitude to Malaysia for being a showcase for South-South Cooperation, including in education, through the Malaysia-UNESCO Cooperation Programme. From skills development in ASEAN countries to Education for Sustainable Development in Pacific Island Countries and support to Bhutan’s education sector blueprint, this programme is giving us the means to enhance support to countries most in need.”

Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak

Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak

Prime Minister of Malaysia

“… as a gesture of our sincere commitment and firm believe in the ideals of UNESCO’s mandate to bring peace and development through education, science, culture and communication, I am happy to announce that the Government of Malaysia will establish a UNESCO – Malaysia Cooperative Trust Fund. This fund will be utilised to enhance South-South Cooperation for capacity building in education and science for the benefit of the Least Developed Countries, Small Island States and in support of the Priority Africa agenda.”

Dato' Seri Mahdzir Khalid

Dato' Seri Mahdzir Khalid

Minister of Education & President of the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM)

“Malaysia is committed to continually support and contribute to UNESCO’s aspirations post-2015. We remain devoted to share and exchange knowledge and experiences in the various areas of education, science, mathematics, technology, innovation, natural and cultural heritage. This has much potential for enrichment through the Malaysia Funds-in-Trust.

As we look to the future, I am aware of the differing realities of varying countries and the attendant challenges that lie ahead. But we believe strongly, that we should face these challenges together, guided by values and principles of genuine and sincere engagement and ethical collaboration. Hand-in-hand, through small incremental steps, this will lead to the progressive development of inclusive, just, democratic and economically beneficial environments. This will enable local communities and those that extend beyond its borders to mutually benefit from these synergistic efforts.”