The programme paves the way for a strong network that facilitates cooperation between UNESCO and its partners, even when individual detachments are completed. The inter-agency agreement on the transfer, secondment or loan of staff among organizations applying the common UN system, or the salaries and allowances that UNESCO offers to MEPs, offers MEPs the opportunity to gain experience in a dynamic international environment. And for UNESCO`s partners, the secondment programme offers the opportunity to present an important expertise for UNESCO`s mandate. The inter-agency agreement has been replaced by the Interagency Mobility Agreement, which will be available on this page in the near future. Loans and secondments are time-limited and are not a substitute for staff recruitment. At the same time, loaned staff must meet UNESCO`s high standards of recruitment in terms of qualifications and experience. UNESCO makes the final decision on the selection of seconded personnel and, in this regard, geographical and gender balance is taken into account. UNESCO invites its partners to partner with Von Michael Martin (tel: 33 (0)1 45 68 23 05; E-mail: vm.martin (at) unesco.org) if they may be interested in making available detached or seconded experts. Detachments and loans are a means of mobilizing UNESCO`s expertise, skills and know-how to strengthen its activities. If you would like a copy or other information about the new agreement, please contact the CEB secretariat in Geneva, which has been loaned or seconded by its partners to UNESCO: Member States, non-governmental organisations, universities or the private sector are highly valued resources and are used for a given period in response to a particular need of the organisation.