Kingdom gives $20 million to UNESCO Emergency Fund

July 13, 2012

Saudi Permanent Representative to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Dr. Ziad Aldrees announced last Tuesday that the Kingdom will provide $20 million to support the UNESCO Emergency Fund. The Saudi official spoke during a meeting with UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova. “This contribution is not the first and would not be the last from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Ambassador Aldrees. “I want to assure you that in the name of Prince Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Saud, Head of the Saudi National Commission to UNESCO, . . . that this contribution is to support our Organization [UNESCO] and its programs.”

According to UNESCO, this donation brings total Fund contributions from member states to $58.5 million. The director-general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, launched the Emergency Fund in Nov. 2011. The Fund was created following the immediate shortfall of U.S. dues after the admission of Palestine to UNESCO on October 31, 2011.

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