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New network on capacity building of Sustainable Development in Asian developing countries


During a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters on 5 April 2007, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, and the President of the Hangdong University (Republic of Korea), Dr Young-Gil Kim, signed an agreement concerning the establishment of a UNITWIN cooperation programme between UNESCO and the Network on Capacity Building of Sustainable Development in Developing countries in the Asian Region. Ambassadors and representatives of Korea, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, the four countries involved in this Programme, attended the ceremony.

The principal objective of this agreement is the promotion of an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation activities in the field of sustainable development, in particular, training in global leadership.

Since 1997, four UNESCO Chairs have been established in the Republic of Korea, one in Mongolia, ten in Uzbekistan. Kandahar University is the first Afghan University joining the Programme. The Director-General welcomed this opportunity to extend the cooperation among Developing countries in the Asian Region and noted that “International cooperation in higher education through inter-university cooperation constitutes a major driving force for educational development”. “Networking facilitates the transfer of knowledge and reduces gaps”, he added.

Mr Matsuura also highlighted the importance of the network agreement “as it reinforces the South-South cooperation through training in global leadership in the Asian region in business, information technologies and law, through exchanges in MBA programmes”. The impact of this network will be “considerable” as it enables cooperation among existing UNESCO Chairs in Asia. “Thus, enhancing sustainable development in the region and developing common base for collaboration”, he concluded.