International Forum of Civil Societies meeting at the 34th session of the UNESCO General Conference

Conference 25th October 2007

Ambassador Madanjeet Singh and Mme. France Marquet attended the meeting of the programme commission (i-V), during the 34th session of the UNESCO General Conference on October 25, 2007. The objective of SAF’s participation in the meeting was to formalize UNESCO’s Assistance to the following eight SAF institutions of excellence:

  1. UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Institute for Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage,Kabul.
  2. The South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  3. The Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, India.
  4. The Institute of Kashmir Studies, Kashmir University, Srinagar, India.
  5. The South Asia Institute of Vocational Training, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  6. The Institute of South Asian Studies, Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan.
  7. The School of Visual Arts, Beaconhouse Natioanal University, Lahore, Pakistan.
  8. The SAARC Forestry Institute, Thimphu, Bhutan.

In his address to the delegates at the meeting, Ambassador Madanjeet Singh described the rapid progress made by establishing eight SAF institutions of excellence since the tripartite agreement was signed on March 22, 2004, between UNESCO, the Government of Afghanistan and SAF for the establishment of UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institute for Afghanistan's Cultural Heritage.

The proposal was unanimously accepted and Mr. Marcio Nogueira Barbosa.
Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, very kindly agreed that his office would process the formalities by contacting each of the UNESCO sectors dealing with the concerned institutional disciplines.