Tuesday, March 07, 2006

UNESCO at the African Union Summit

The African Union held a Summit meeting in Khartoum, Sudan in January.

UNESCO provided a documentary exhibition describing the works of UNESCO in the service of culture, science and technology on the continent. Click here to see the exhibit.

Mr. Koichiro Matsuura, Director General of UNESCO addressed the heads of government and other attendees at the meeting. Click here to read his remarks.

Among other decisions, the Summit:
* Called upon the international community and in particular the relevant UN Agencies to render maximum support and assistance to the countries in the Horn and Eastern African region affected by long term drought with a view to saving human lives and minimizing the effect of the drought on the livelihood of the peoples;

* Requested that the Commission (in cooperation with a Group of Experts) consider further the establishment of an African Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (AFESCO).

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