UNESCO and the Principality of Monaco Strengthen their Cooperation by signing two new Funds-in-Trust Project Agreements in the Fields of Culture and Education

As per the Funds-in-Trust Project Agreements signed on 21 October 2014, the Principality of Monaco will provide 400, 000 Euros for the implementation of the following two projects:

1)  “Capacity-Building and Awareness-Raising for the Preservation, Conservation, Visibility and Sustainable Management of the Archeological Site of Shoroon Bumbagar of Mount Maikhan”, in Mongolia. (Total Budget: 200,000 Euros)

The project aims to improve the capacities of Mongolian authorities and experts for the stabilization, conservation and preservation of the archeological heritage in the recently discovered site of Shoroon Bumbagar necropolis in Bulgan Province. The project will also raise awareness among local authorities and communities in Mongolia about the importance of the protection of archeological cultural heritage.

Thanks to the contributions from the Principality of Monaco in previous years, capacity-building and awareness-raising activities on the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural objects are being implemented in Mongolia since 2009. By supporting this new project, the Principality of Monaco reaffirms its commitment to support UNESCO in the preservation of Mongolian cultural heritage.

2) “Promoting the Schooling of Vulnerable Children, and in Particular Schooling of Girls in Burundi” (Total Budget: 200,000 Euros)

The right to education is a fundamental right, and it is also the most efficient way to break the cycle of poverty and exclusion. UNESCO launched this project in Burundi in 2000 as a small scale intervention, and the number of beneficiaries has increased steadily since then. Thanks to the generous support of the Principality of Monaco, the project will be able scale up and support up to 3,000 vulnerable children, and orphans in 8 of the 17 provinces of Burundi.