Thursday, August 9, 2012

UNESCO, Burma prepare joint development programs

Thursday, 09 August 2012 15:01 Mizzima News    

UNESCO is preparing a variety of assistance programs in Burma involving education, peace making, media and other programs, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova said on Tuesday, following a meeting with President Thein Sein in Naypyitaw.

Bokova said the agency would also provide assistance in vocational training and technical assistance in sanitation management as well as in cultural cooperation including preservation of archeological sites in the Bagan region and Pyu cultural heritage areas, according to an article in The New Light of Myanmar, a state-run newspaper.

She said the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is already assisting with a number of initiatives, and the agency is ready to work even more closely as Burma moves forward with planned reforms.

Earlier this year, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma's National League for Democracy (NLD), received the 2002 UNESCO-Mandanjeet Singh Prize for Tolerance and Non-Violence.

In an earlier press statement, Bokova welcomed the country’s ambitious reform program, noting the agency is already working on projects in education, culture and media development, sectors that are essential for dialogue, reconciliation and national development.

Among other projects, UNESCO, in partnership with the UN Children’s Fund, will help the new government develop educational reforms as well as support projects to strengthen HIV prevention among youth.

UNESCO and Burma established relations in 1945 and formed the UNESCO National Commission to closely cooperate with the international organization.

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