Pakistan gets re-elected to UNESCO’s exec board

By Staff Reporter
Friday – November 22, 2019
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has been re-elected to the 58-member Executive Board of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for the term 2019-23, receiving an overwhelming support of 154 countries in the General Conference of UNESCO in Paris.

According to an official statement, on Thursday, Pakistan’s re-election to the UNESCO Executive Board is a reaffirmation of the international community’s faith in Pakistan’s strong credentials to protect and safeguard cultural heritage, promote cultural diversity and advance universal education.

Pakistan, since joining the organisation in September 1949, has consistently played an active role in furthering the ideals of UNESCO, as enshrined in its Charter. Pakistan also has the distinct honour of being a member of the UNESCO Executive Board continuously since 1978.

As a member of the Executive Board, Pakistan worked with UNESCO to establish the Malala Fund Programme for Girls Education to impart quality education to girls globally. Its funding is dedicated for developing countries from Asia and Africa.

As a signatory to the Dakar Framework for Action, Pakistan also played a lead role in finalising Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), including the Goal of Education for All - a global UNESCO campaign to advance education.

The Executive Board is one of the three constitutional organs of UNESCO that seeks to build partnerships to promote and further international cooperation in education, sciences and culture.

Separately, according to another official statement, Pakistan has unanimously been elected as member of UNESCO’s 36-member Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) for next four year (2019-2023) during an election held in UNESCO’s headquarter in Paris, on Thursday.

The Ambassador of Pakistan to France and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to UNESCO Moin-ul-Haque welcomed Pakistan’s election as a member of the only intergovernmental programme of the United Nations (UN) system devoted to water research and management, and related education and capacity development.

He said that it will help Pakistan address its water related issues through cooperation with other countries.

This is the third consecutive election victory by Pakistan after being elected as President of the UNESCO’s Education Commission and member of the UNESCO’s Executive Board earlier this month.

Setup in 1975, IHP is an internationally coordinated hydrological research programme, encouraging international cooperation in hydrological sector and supporting freshwater sciences to ensure water security.