Vietnam wins seat on UNESCO Executive Board for fourth time

(VOVworld) - Vietnam was elected to the UNESCO Executive Board for the 2015-2019 tenure on Thursday, marking the fourth time Vietnam has won a place in one of UNESCO’s two most powerful bodies. 

Vietnam wins seat on UNESCO Executive Board for fourth time - ảnh 1
At the 38th session (Source: VNA)

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

During the 15-day session, representatives of 195 member countries, observing countries, and international organizations discussed the UNESCO action plan for the next two years, which is linked to the global sustainable development goals with vision to 2030 approved by the UN at its summit in September in New York.

Vietnam served on the Executive Board from 1978-1983, from 2001-2005 and from 2009-2013. Consisting of 58 members with a four-year term of office, the Executive Board is entrusted with overseeing the implementation of UNESCO’s agenda, preparing the agenda of the General Conference, examining work programmes for UNESCO and corresponding budget estimates, recommending the admission of new states who are not UN members, and appointing the Director General. 

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