ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has been elected to the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for 2023-2027, securing 144 out of 188 votes.
This is the third UN bodies or committee that Sri Lanka was elected to over the past few months: the other two being the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW).
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Thursday November 16 afternoon that Sri Lanka recorded the third highest vote count from the region, with Bangladesh, at the 42nd General Conference of the inter-governmental organisation held in Paris on Wednesday.
UNESCO member states have elected six members, out of nine candidates from the Asia-Pacific Region, to its Executive Board, the other countries being Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Republic of Korea and Australia. Sri Lanka had last served on the Executive Board from 2015 to 2019.
“UNESCO contributes to peace and security by promoting international cooperation in education, sciences, culture, communication and information. It also contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Sri Lanka’s membership in UNESCO in 1949, soon after its independence, is demonstrative of the country’s firm commitment to the values and principles upheld by UNESCO to promote collaboration among nations through education, science and culture, to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms of the peoples of the world,” the foreign ministry said in its statement.
Since its inception, the ministry said, Sri Lanka has played a significant role and made a proactive contribution towards the furtherance of the mandate of UNESCO. Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO is the government arm for implementing the UNESCO Agenda in Sri Lanka, under the guidance of the Ministry of Education.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Sri Lanka Embassy in Paris and the Ministry of Education (National focal point) is pleased to have spearheaded the successful effort to ensure Sri Lanka’s election to UNESCO Executive Board,” it said. (Colombo/Nov16/2023)