Vietnam wins seat in UNESCO Executive Board for fourth time

12/11/2015
Vietnam was elected as member of the UNESCO Executive Board for the 2015-2019 tenure on November 12, marking the fourth time the country has won a seat at one of UNESCO’s two most powerful bodies.

The country obtained 156 out of 186 votes at the on-going 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference that opened in Paris on November 3.

Earlier, Vietnam served in the Executive Board for 1978-1983, 2001-2005 and 2009-2013.

Consisting of 58 member states with a four-year term of office, the Executive Board is entrusted with overseeing the implementation of UNESCO’s working agenda, preparing the agenda of the General Conference, examining work programmes for UNESCO and corresponding budget estimates, recommending the admission of new states that are not the United Nations members as well as the appointment of the Director General.

In an interview granted to Vietnam News Agency on the sidelines of the session, Pham Sanh Chau, head of the Foreign Ministry’s External Culture and UNESCO Department and General Secretary of UNESCO Vietnam, hailed the election win as of significance to Vietnam’s global integration.

Vietnam’s position in the UNESCO has never been so high, he stated, adding that the country is currently also a member of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee for 2013-2017.

Ambassador Le Hong Phan, head of the Vietnamese Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, believed that Vietnam’s presence in the Executive Board will further strengthen ties between Vietnam and UNESCO, and between Vietnam and member states.

Vietnam has also been elected to the UN Socio-Economic Council for 2016-2018, while serving the 2014-2016 term in the UN Human Rights Council.-VNA
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John Smith 12/11/15 11:47

This is the third time Việt Nam takes a seat in the UNESCO Executive Board. Việt Nam already sat in this body in 1978-1983 and 2001-2005.

Jane smartnic 12/11/15 11:49

Vietnam is highly appreciated by international community

Gentle Moon 12/11/15 11:51

In 1945, UNESCO was created in order to respond to the firm belief of nations, forged by two world wars in less than a generation, that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace. Peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity.

LawrenceSamuels 12/11/15 11:54

Vietnam always supports innovative policies of UNESCO and share its difficulties

Deck Hero14 12/11/15 11:57

Vietnam-UNESCO practical cooperation is very good and useful

yobro yobro 12/11/15 11:58

UNESCO is a trustworthy partner of Vietnam and willing to aid the country in building a sustainable learning society

Love Peace 12/11/15 12:00

Vietnam's priorities are associated with UNESCO efforts to promote the rights of human

Only Solidar 12/11/15 12:01

We must create holistic policies that are capable of addressing the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development.

Pack Cassiopian 12/11/15 12:02

In a globalized world with interconnected societies, intercultural dialogue is vital if we are to live together while acknowledging our diversity.

MaskOf Zero 12/11/15 12:02

Việt Nam’s election reflects the international community’s recognition of the country’s role, status and significant contributions to the performance of UNESCO

Williams Melanie 13/11/15 05:14

becoming the member of the UNESCO Executive Board for 4 times demonstrates Vietnam's high prestige in the UN

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