Finland Extends Support to UNESCO Education Programme

Finland Extends Support to UNESCO Education Programme
Finland Extends Support to UNESCO Education Programme

Finland renewed its support Wednesday to UNESCO’s flagship Capacity Development for Education programme (CapED) as well as to the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) with the signing of funding agreements totalling 2.4 million Euros.

“I measure the importance of your gesture, and would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Finnish Government for its strong trust in the Organization,” said Director-General Audrey Azoulay during the signing ceremony with Finland’s Ambassador and Permanent Delegate, H.E. Mr Pekka Puustinen.

“You can count on Finland as well as all the other Nordic countries’ support,” Ambassador Puustinen said.

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Finland is one of the founding donors of the CapED Programme, launched in 2003. Since then, its contribution has amounted to $10.4 million (USD), accounting for 11% of the $91 million (USD) received by the programme to date.

The funding underpins UNESCO’s direct role in supporting the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 4, Quality Education, at the national level by providing capacity development and education system strengthening in some 25 Least Developed Countries.

The programme places special focus on Technical and Vocational Education and Training, as well as Gender.

Finland is also playing a leading role in IPDC, thanks to its continued financial support, hands-on involvement as an IPDC Council member and cooperation to promote access to information through the IPDC Talks programme.

Finland´s first access to information law, approved more than 250 years ago, is a model for countries seeking to ensure the highest standards for citizen access to information.

Photo courtesy: UNESCO

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