Portugal of increasing UNESCO's budget

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 11-11-2019 15:19:00 · 0 Comments

The increase in UNESCO's budget is to be debated from Tuesday in Paris, at the general conference of the organisation, which should have the support of Portugal, Ambassador Sampaio da Nóvoa told Lusa.

"The most important debate is about the UNESCO budget. There are some scenarios on the table, some countries that want a more conservative scenario, others a scenario of updates of the value of contributions. [...] Portugal is open about this," António Sampaio da Nóvoa said on Sunday.

Portugal's ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) added that at the organisation's 40th general conference, which runs until 27 November, has a speech by António Guterres planned and the participation of various ministers from Portugal.

According to Nóvoa, Potugal is open to a greater contribution from member countries, but this will not have an immediate impact on the country's accounts.

He said that the country also considered that the participation of private entities in the organisation's programmes should be limited to 50% of total expenses.

In that case, the financing of companies and other organisations will be on an equal footing with the contribution of the states.

The budgetary difficulties of the United Nations (UN) and its dependent agencies have been publicly debated after Secretary-General António Guterres announced the adoption of containment measures in October.

"UNESCO does a lot, has many activities, but does not have the visibility it should have in multilateralism and, therefore, Antonio Guterres, realized this and has to draw attention to this role," the ambassador said, revealing that the UN Secretary-General will also be present in Paris in a ‘not very usual’ way.

In addition to government representation, Portugal will also see the formal approval of initiatives that it has supported in the last two years, such as the Report on the Future of Education, which should be completed by 2021, access to open science and also the World Day of the Portuguese Language.

The UNESCO association to the commemorations of the centenary of the birth of fado singer Amália Rodrigues should also be signed at the conference.


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