3 Feb 2004

UNESCO willing to be partner in implementing EU aid in Solomon Islands

2:45 pm on 3 February 2004

The incoming director of UNESCO's Pacific regional office says he hopes the organisation can be a partner in implementing European Union aid to Solomon Islands.

The EU had suspended aid during the ethnic conflict but has now announced that it will give 27 million U.S. dollars to education out of a five year 100 million dollar aid package.

UNESCO's Martin Hadley says education is a human right and the basis to everything.

"UNESCO is very active in what we call post-conflict situations which is the situation in Solomon Islands but now the rebuilding process is underway and definitely that's an area where we can collaborate. I hope that UNESCO can be one of the partners because we are not a funding agency per se. For major projects we look to outside donors."