(QNA) - The State of Qatar and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Qatar's contribution in the functioning of the UNESCO Regional Office in Doha, and on the financial support provided by Qatar to the UNESCO recently.
HE Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Wahed Al-Hammadi, the Minister of Education and Higher Education and President of the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, signed the MoU on behalf of the Government of the State of Qatar, while UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova signed for the Organization.
The signing took place during a meeting today between HE the Minister and the Director-General of UNESCO, who is currently visiting the country. During the meeting, they discussed topics on the visit's agenda, including a visit to archaeological and heritage sites in the State of Qatar such as Al-Zubarah Archaeological Site which was added by the Organization to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
They discussed also ways of enhancing the relations between Qatar and UNESCO in the fields of education, culture, science and communication, and the efforts made by the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science and other institutions and ministries of the State to implement joint programs and activities with UNESCO, particularly with regard to the Education for All programs, and programs supporting education and sustainable development post-2015, among others.
The meeting touched on the importance of UNESCO's support to activities and programs of Qatari network of schools associated with UNESCO, especially as these schools are implementing programs and activities in line with the goals and objectives of the Organization in educating students to respect cultural diversity, cultures of other peoples and dialogue, adherence to and spread of a culture of peace.
The Director-General of UNESCO extended here thanks and appreciation to the State of Qatar and HE the Minister on the continued support for UNESCO and its Regional Office in Doha, which contributed positively to achieving the Organization's goals.
It is worth mentioning that Qatar had nominated HE Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, adviser at the Emiri Diwan, for the post of Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO), and that the elections will be held during the next session of the General Conference of UNESCO.