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Source: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
6 March 1996


Paris, 6 March - UNESCO will co-organize the first regional
consultation of non-governmental organizations (NGO) in the Arab
countries from 10 to 14 March in Amman, Jordan.

Intended to improve contacts between NGOs in the region and
better their co-operation with UNESCO as it prepares and carries
out its programmes, the consultation is organized in co-operation
with the Jordanian National Commission for UNESCO, the Queen Alia
Fund and the UNESCO ONG Permanent Committee. It forms part of the
Organization's efforts to decentralise and take into account
citizens' needs in each country. The objective is closer
partnership with NGOs in the fields of education, science, culture
and communication.

During three round tables, representatives of some 100 NGOs
with headquarters or offices in the Arab region will discuss
specific characteristics of the activities of associations in Arab
countries, their relations with the national commissions for UNESCO
and the Organization's regional offices, and their role in
informing public opinion about UNESCO objectives and programmes.

Participants will also examine new directives adopted by the
Organization's 28th General Conference to diversify, revitalise and
reinforce co-operation between UNESCO and the NGOs. As well, they
will study aspects pertinent to Arab countries of the
Organization's medium-term strategy and its 1996-97 programme and

The consultation will close with a report containing
recommendations to the Director-General and national commissions on
modalities of the NGOs' co-operation with the Organization.

Similar consultations have already been held for the African
region in Dakar, Senegal, in 1987, the Latin America and Caribbean
region in Quito, Ecuador, in 1990, and the Asia and Pacific region
in Hanoi, Vietnam, in 1994.


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