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05PARIS4529
2005-06-28 17:40:00
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Embassy Paris
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USUNESCO: IO&P VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS

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						UNCLAS PARIS 004529 

SIPDIS

FROM USMISSION UNESCO PARIS
FOR IO/S STEVE JOHNSTON

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AFIN AORC KUNR ETRD IO UNESCO
SUBJECT: USUNESCO: IO&P VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS
TO INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR ACTUAL
EXPENDITURE DATA FOR 2004 WITHHOLDINGS FOR PARIAH
STATES

REF: STATE 73949, STATE 86037

UNCLAS PARIS 004529

SIPDIS

FROM USMISSION UNESCO PARIS
FOR IO/S STEVE JOHNSTON

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AFIN AORC KUNR ETRD IO UNESCO
SUBJECT: USUNESCO: IO&P VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS
TO INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR ACTUAL
EXPENDITURE DATA FOR 2004 WITHHOLDINGS FOR PARIAH
STATES

REF: STATE 73949, STATE 86037


1. As per reftels, post provided by fax copies of
letters submitted by UNESCO indicating how the
voluntary contributions were used in FY 2004.


2. Excerpt text of letter 20 May 2005 submitted by
Director, Division for Cooperation with Extrabudgetary
Funding sources follows:


"In 2004 the World Heritage Centre's expenditure for
activities in the Islamic Republic of Iran was
US$50,000 as foreseen. Of the total voluntary
contributions received by the World Heritage Fund
during 2004 the percentage share of the United States
voluntary contribution amounts to 20.86%. However,
this percentage refers to an overall contribution from
your authorities of US657,861, which includes also
US$11,861 as a complementary transfer of the US
contribution for 2003. Therefore, considering the
Department of State contribution for the World Heritage
Fund for 2004 only, the percentage would be 20.48%.

Of the total voluntary contributions received by the
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission in 2004
(counting both total voluntary contributions to the IOC
special Account and Funds-in-Trust projects) the
percentage share of the United States voluntary
contributions is 9.78%.

For the sake of good order, it should be added that the
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission has not used
any funds for activities in any of the countries listed
in your letter. End letter"


3. Excerpt of Letter addressed to Mr. Holmes from
UNESCO Director General Matsuura dated August 12, 2004:

"None of the funds to be provided by the United States
in fiscal year 2004 to the International Programme for
the Development of Communication, implementing the
project "Assisting the Voice of Afghan Women in Global
Media to establish the first privately owned Television
Station in Kabul", the Intergovernmental Oceanographic
Commission, the collaboration between UNESCO and the
U.S. National Academies of Science and Engineering or
the programme on "Enhancing the Engineering Component
within UNESCO for Sustainable Human Development,
Infrastructure Capacity Building, and Support for
Development Goals of the Millennium Summit" will be
used in favour of the programme activities in Cuba, the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the Islamic
Republic of Iran, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Myanmar,
the Syrian Arab Republic or for the Palestinian
Liberation Organization or entities associated with it.

The World Heritage Centre, however, envisages providing
US$50,000 in 2004 to activities in the Islamic Republic
of Iran. The best current estimate of the percentage
share of the United States voluntary contribution of
all voluntary contributions for 2004 to the
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission is 11%
(counting both total voluntary contributions to the IOC
Special Account and Funds-in-Trust projects): for the
World Heritage Fund it is 22%, and for the two
contributions to the Natural Sciences sub-programme on
capacity-building in the basic engineering it is 13.8%.

With regards to the contribution "to allow the U.S.
National Commission on Libraries and Information
Science (NCLIS) to lay the groundwork for assisting
libraries in developing countries to serve as local
distribution centers for consumer health information",
the information will be provide as soon as UNESCO and
NCLIS have decided upon the exact manner of
implementation."



4. Following-up on the funds for the NCLIS funds have
not been use for any pariah state activities since the
contract has not been signed and no payments have been
processed. The Mission will continue to follow-up o