UNESCO chief on co-op with China

China has been expanding cooperation with the UNESCO.

In an exclusive interview with Xinhua, UNESCO chief lauds China’s engagements in UNESCO’s efforts to address global challenges.

According to UNESCO director general Irina Bokova, the two sides are stepping up collaboration in education, culture, information and communication technology, among others.

Besides, the partnership network between the two is also growing.

“We have, under the auspices of UNESCO centers for research and for capacity building, the protection of heritage in Tongji University in Shanghai. We have also a category center in Beijing of intangible heritage. We have another very important institute which is in the education in the rural areas. I know how much China is putting emphasis on the quality of the education in rural areas, making it a decent level of quality of education. We have other major conferences last year on engineering, inaugurated once again by President Xi Jinping on the multilingualism, on creative cities and learning cities.”

Bokova says China has been making great efforts in supporting the education system in Africa, adding that the country has placed money in a trust designated for improving education in Africa.

She says the trust will pay for teacher training on the continent.

Meanwhile, as the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight anti-poverty targets, quickly approaches, the UNESCO chief expresses her willingness to promote the organization’s cooperation with China to a new level.

“We need China to supports some of the activities, because I believe the importance of the organization in the implementation of the post 2015 agenda will increase. I will definitely increase in the area of education, which becomes a prime concern for practically all the countries. It will increase in the area of water and sanitation where UNESCO through our programs activating. It is also important in our tackling some problems of Climate Change, our work in the oceans through the Inter Governmental Oceanographic Commission. So whenever we see our engagement, we see also China’s support and China’s commitment.”

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