On Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry’s Vice-minister for Multilateral Affairs, Daniela Rodríguez, participated in the first virtual meeting of Venezuela’s, Cuba’s and Nicaragua’s National Commissions for Cooperation with Unesco.
At the meeting, attended by the Permanent Secretary of the Nicaraguan National Commission for Cooperation, Arturo Collado Maldonado, the Cuban Ambassador and President of the National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO, Dulce Buergo Rodríguez, and authorities of the Venezuelan University Education Ministry, they discussed the need of coordinating and agreeing positions in the face of the challenges and opportunities to boost cooperation with UNESCO in 2021.
Likewise, they discussed possible common proposals to build a roadmap within the framework of negotiations with UNESCO.
“We also discussed some points of interest for Venezuela, the impact of COVID19 on university education and the challenges ahead,” added the Venezuelan vice-minister for Multilateral Affairs, who also mentioned the strengthening of the UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNESCO-IESALC).
Also, Vice-minister Rodríguez pointed out that the meeting served to exchange ideas ahead of the World Higher Education Conference, to be held in October in Barcelona, Spain.
“We agreed to set up a roadmap to strengthen coordination and cooperation with UNESCO in the context of all the transformations and education paradigms imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the Venezuelan diplomat.
Noteworthily, UNESCO is organizing the World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2021) to offer new knowledge, innovative ideas creative alliances, and produce an enlarged and reinvigorated coalition of the global higher education community in favor of 2030 Agenda for Development and beyond.