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UNESCO joined First Myanmar Development Cooperation Forum

©UNESCO/R.Manowalailao

11.02.2013

The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has undertaken various reforms over the past months placing emphasis on undertaking reforms geared towards political liberalization and national reconciliation. With the purpose of working in a spirit of mutual accountability under a process truly country led, the government held its first Myanmar Development Cooperation Forum last month on 19-20 January 2013 to discuss the Aid Effectiveness framework.

The forum counted with the participation of international donors and UN Agencies including UNESCO. As a result of this forum, The Nay Pye Taw Accord for Effective Development Cooperation was endorsed. The Nay Pye Taw Accord is a non-binding agreement that sets out guidelines on government-donor cooperation. The Accord outlines mutual accountabilities for government and donors. The Government, for instance, agrees to maintain a high-level dialogue with the donors and promises to strengthen the rule of law, respect human rights, improve public administration, and include civil society organizations in the government decision-making process.

UNESCO states its support to the Government and expressed its interest to contribute to the development in Myanmar focusing on the Education, Culture and Tourism, Communication and Information and Disaster Risk Reduction themes.

For UNESCO programmes in Myanmar, please contact : su.alam@unesco.org

 

By UNESCO Bangkok