UAE wins seat on Unesco’s executive board


  • Education
  • Sunday, 24 Nov 2019

THE United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that the country won a seat on the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) for the 2019 to 2023 tenure.

This marks the fourth time that the UAE has won a seat at one of Unesco’s three constitutional bodies and will use the opportunity to further drive the organisation’s mission and goals.

Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development Noura Al Kaabi, headed the UAE delegation participating at the 40th session of Unesco’s General Conference, where she met with a number of officials, culture ministers, education ministers and heads of member states delegations.

Securing 107 votes, the win reflects the international community’s confidence in the UAE’s role in championing the founding principles of Unesco across the scientific, educational and cultural sectors.

Al Kaabi said: “The UAE’s appointment to the Unesco’s Executive Board reflects the wide acknowledgement of the country’s prominent efforts in advancing initiatives in the fields of culture, science and education.”

“This significant milestone is a recognition of our firm belief in the power of Unesco to bring about peace and prosperity to nations worldwide.

“The UAE reiterates its commitment to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to working with all member states to ensure its realisation through programmes and initiatives.

“We are open for dialogue, exchange and collaboration with all member states to find the best solutions that meet the needs of the people we serve,” she said.

Over the next four years, the UAE will work alongside the other members states of the Executive Board towards a more efficient and effective Unesco.

Over the years, the UAE has significantly participated in many of Unesco’s programmes, donated funds and developed home-grown initiatives for the benefit of people from around the world. In 2018, the UAE was ranked as the sixth top voluntary donor to Unesco and currently holds membership on six Unesco committees.
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