ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has been elected to the executive board of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) during its general assembly on November 11, the foreign ministry said.
"The decision to pursue membership in the UNESCO Executive Board was a manifestation of the Government’s policy of renewing engagement with the international community and reaffirmation of the principles of the Government," the Foreign Ministry said.
This is the first election to a UN Specialised Agency that Sri Lanka contested for, under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Sri Lanka was one of six countries that qualified to serve on the 58-member Executive Board from the Asia and Pacific Group for the period 2015-2019, having received 149 out of 186 votes at the election in which there were eight candidate countries.
Sri Lanka has served on the Executive Board thrice previously from 1968-1974, 1987-1991 and from 2003-2011.