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UAE becomes FEDACLU 11th member

posted on 21/04/2007: 788 views

The United Arab Emirates has joined the Arab Federation of UNESCO Clubs (FEDACLU), part of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations (WFUCA), as the 11th members of the organization which is headofficed in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria Library) in Egypt.

The UAE University has recently announced the promulgation approval of the creation of the first UNESCO club in the country at its girls colleges upon an initiative launched by UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.

Opening of the new addition to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's movement is scheduled on May 13 at the UAE University.

"Arab UNESCO clubs account for the only 2% of the world's 4000 UNESCO clubs although they were launched as far back as 1960s and 1970s in Tunisia, Lebanon and Morocco", President of FEDACLU Rachid Ben Slam told WAM.

"These clubs are nonprofit and non-governmental. They aim to promote knowledge, the culture of peace and tolerance among the peoples of the world." "These clubs are not involved in any political or syndicalist activity.

Rather they are voluntary clubs overseen by member countries of UNESCO which gives civil society the opportunity to interact with events worldwide to further serve humanity and bring together peoples and states", he added.

"Any country may promulgate an unlimited number of UNESCO clubs at schools, universities and bodies. All clubs are totally free to choose cultural, environmental and heritage topics for discussion", explained Salama.

Salama rejected the idea that UNESCO clubs are part of globalization adding that they undertake global activities and not globalization.

The founding conference of the Arab Federation of UNESCO Clubs (FEDACLU) was held in Alexandria, Egypt on 28 and 29 May, 2005. It aims at developing and stimulating the UNESCO Clubs movement in the region of Arab States.

The first UNESCO Club was founded in Japan in 1947. Since then, UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations have been very valuable partners for the Organization.

UNESCO Club movement members, who are all volunteers, include people of all ages and nationalities from every walk of life. they share a commitment to UNESCO's ideals and work to translate them into reality on the ground.

Members are therefore well placed to present the views of civil society to decision-makers.

In 2006, the UNESCO Clubs movement includes some 3.700 associations, centers and UNESCO clubs in more than 90 countries throughout the world. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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