Sweden becomes largest donor to UNESCO
Sweden has become the largest donor to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s core programs, after signing a cooperation agreement that voluntarily allocates SEK430 million (US$48 million) to the organization over a four-year period. This funding comes in addition to Sweden's regular contributions to UNESCO's budget.
Focus areas of the new cooperation agreement include education, freedom of expression, the safety of journalists, promoting fundamental freedoms and diversity of cultural expressions, and data collection. In total, Sweden has pledged close to US$100 million in voluntary contributions to UNESCO's programs.