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).
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.
Malaysia - UNESCO Cooperation Programme Agreement Extended
On 15 November 2011, the Government of Malaysia and UNESCO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish the Malaysia – UNESCO Cooperation Programme (MUCP). A supplementary agreement to the original Agreement was signed in Paris, France on 25 April 2017 resulting the extension of the programme until June 2019.