The 58 Members of UNESCO’s Executive Board today ended their 197th session, which was dedicated to the Organization’s governance and preparations for the General Conference of UNESCO. The Executive Board is chaired by Mohamed Sameh Amr, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Egypt to UNESCO.
During its session the Executive Board of UNESCO committed the Organization to pursue work on education in the framework of the newly adopted United Nations sustainable development goals and implement the outcomes of the World Education Forum 2015.
The Board also discussed UNESCO’s work towards implementing the 2030 Agenda and adopted important decisions thereon related, such as on investing for more efficient delivery in the implementation of this universal agenda, on a reinforced strategy and action for countering violent extremism through education and on the protection of culture and the promotion of cultural pluralism in the event of armed conflict.
The Board also recommended to the General Conference the admission of the Republic of Kosovo* as a Member of UNESCO.
During the session, several distinguished personalities came to speak to the Executive Board among them: Riad Toufic Salamé, Governor of the Bank of Lebanon, Dr Hayat Sindi, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and Member of the Shoura Council of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Dr Samia Al-Amoudi, Founder and CEO of the Al-Amoudi Center of Excellence in Breast Cancer (Saudi Arabia). Fathallah Sijilmassi, the Secretary General of the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean, also addressed the Executive Board on the occasion of the signing of a partnership agreement between UNESCO and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).
The forthcoming 38th session of the General Conference will bring together representatives of all of UNESCO’s 195 Member States from 3 to 18 November. On this occasion, the Member States will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Organization with a Leaders' Forum that is expected to draw the attendance of an unprecedented number of Heads of State and Government.
*Within the framework of UN Security Council Resolution 1244, dated 1999