China offers 5.6 mln USD to relaunch UNESCO publication Courier

PARIS, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- China has offered 5.6 million U.S. dollars to the United NationsEducational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to relaunch its magazine Courier, in a move to promote dialogue and peace.

Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General and Professor Hao Ping, China's Vice Minister of Education and chair of the country's national commission for UNESCO, signed an agreement on Monday for the relaunch of the UNESCO Courier as a quarterly print and online publication in the six official languages of the United Nations.

"As a responsible member state of UNESCO, China wants to help the organization at a time when it is encountering financial difficulties," Hao said at the signing ceremony.

The agreement is part of China's effort to promote dialogue and harmony between the cultures and peoples of the world, he added.

To Bokova, China's contribution "will bring UNESCO's important message of human dignity to people around the world."

"With this agreement, we are enlarging our cooperation with China in an area that is very emblematic, and strengthening UNESCO's foundations for the future," she said.

The UNESCO Courier is due to make a comeback in early 2017. It will feature articles on issues and themes of universal interest that are relevant to UNESCO's mandate in education, science, culture and communication.

The due publication will include articles written by contributors from a wide range of professional, geographic, and cultural backgrounds, according to a statement from the organization.

UNESCO Courier stopped circulation in 2011 because of a lack of funding.

[ Editor: meng ]


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