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September 24, 2009

India to be the first country in asia to have a UNESCO category one institute

The Executive Board of UNESCO has approved India’s proposal to set up a Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace & Sustainable Development as a UNESCO Category I Institute. At present, there are eleven UNESCO Category-I institutes and all but three of them are located in developed countries. None are located in Asia.

Category-I institutes have governing bodies that are either elected by the General Conference or appointed in whole or part by the Director General, UNESCO and report to the General Conference. They are governed by UNESCO’s rules and regulations.

These institutes are designed to serve as centres of excellence and expertise in the area of specialization to Members States and to contribute to UNESCO’s programmes, objectives and strategies.

The overall focus of the activities of the proposed Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace & Sustainable Development activities will be on fostering a culture of peace through education, promoting sustainable economic and social development and respect for human rights. The decision is being viewed as a historic one and reinforces India’s key role in UNESCO and its leadership position in building the defences of peace in the minds of men.

The proposal will be formally approved by the General Conference of UNESCO in its 35th Session, which is going to be held from 6 – 23 October, 2009 at its headquarters at Paris. (see: Government of India Press Release)

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