MALAYSIA-UNESCO COOPERATION PROGRAMME

BACKGROUND

Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul RazakThe 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).

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.
Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding under the “Malaysia UNESCO Cooperation Programme”

Paris, 15 November 2011 – The Government of Malaysia and the United Nations for Education, Sciences and Culture Organization (UNESCO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today under the “Malaysia UNESCO Cooperation Programme” (MUCP). The MOU under MUCP was signed by H.E. Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal, Ambassador of Malaysia to France, on behalf of the Government of Malaysia and Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. The signing took place at the Headquarters of UNESCO, Paris, France.

The MOU under MUCP was initiated in 2009 by the Honorable Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia who announced at the 35th General Conference of UNESCO on the establishment of Malaysian Cooperative Trust Fund which will be contributed to “enhance South-South cooperation for capacity building in education and science for the benefit of the Least Developed Countries, Small Island States in Asia and the Pacific and in support of the Priority Africa agenda of UNESCO.”

“This Memorandum of Understanding covers all our areas of competence and supports South-South cooperation in the Asia-Pacific that is so important today. It is a show of solidarity,” said Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova. She stated that Malaysia is a “vibrant country that has found ways of using its rich diversity for the benefit of development.”

Affirming that “the world needs UNESCO,” H.E. Ambassador Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal expressed hope that the Memorandum “will help UNESCO to carry out its mandate and to be the conscience of mankind through promoting peace, in the spirit of the preamble of its Constitution.”

The Malaysian trust fund will provide a launching grant of USD 5 Million, followed by a contribution of USD 1 Million annually. Programmes under this fund will be identified in cooperation with UNESCO, particularly with the UNESCO Regional Offices in Bangkok and Jakarta, and the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO in the Ministry of Education. Under this initiative Malaysia will provide teachers training facility at pre-service, in service, school administration and management. Towards this end, about 300 places will be provided annually at all levels.

Source: Embassy of Malaysia, Paris