UNESCO has in recent years been particularly active in
its efforts to contribute to stability, peace and development in South-East
Europe in its fields of competence. These efforts were given further impetus
by the General Conference at its 31st session (15 October - 3 November
2001), when it adopted the Organizationís Medium-Term Strategy for 2002-2007
and its Programme and Budget for 2002-2003, which chart UNESCOís future
action in this regard.
Recognizing the need for enhanced international
cooperation in this region as being essential for the reconstruction of
educational, scientific, cultural and communication structures, the
Director-General decided to convene a High-Level Conference on
Strengthening Cooperation in South-East Europe at UNESCO Headquarters on
4 and 5 April 2002.
The aim of the meeting
was to consult the
national authorities of South-East European Member States on priorities for
future cooperation, contribute to better coordination of the action of the
major IGOs in the region, and sensitize donors to the need for concerted
here to consult the Opening Address by Mr
KoÔchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO and the Statements by
Ministers of South-East European Member States.