Luanda, 26 March 2013 – UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova and the Secretary of State for Foreign Relations of the Republic of Angola, Manuel Domingos Augusto, signed a Framework Agreement to establish a fund-in-trust and strengthen cooperation between UNESCO and Angola.
During the signature ceremony, which took place in the presence of ministers in charge of portfolios related to UNESCO’s mandate, the Director-General highlighted that this agreement represents an innovative financing mechanism for projects put forward by national authorities, signed with an African country. She hoped that that this example will be quickly followed by other Member States.
The Secretary of State of the Republic of Angola underlined that, as his country takes its destiny in hand and seeks to consolidate peace through investments in educational, scientific and social fields, it looks to UNESCO to accompany it in the development and implementation of public policies and in the management of ongoing transformations.
The framework agreement covers a period of four years, 2013-2016, and can be renewed. A joint steering committee will determine annual priorities and projects, and ensure the follow up of these projects.