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Belize now holds seat on UNESCO Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 January 2014 00:00

 8th January, 2014

In November 2013, UNESCO’s General Conference was held in Paris, France at the UNESCO Head quarters. Yours truly, the Secretary General of Belize attended the conference. This conference is held every two years in Paris.

There were a number of official elections and many resolutions that were passed including the UNESCO’s budget for the next year. One of the most important elections was to be a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO. The Executive Board is the Governing body of UNESCO.

Since Belize became a member of UNESCO in 1982, she has never served on the Executive Board. I therefore submitted Belize’s name for election and lobbied the member states for their vote. Of the 146 Countries that voted in the election, Belize received 132 votes. Only Trinidad and Tobago received more votes than Belize in the CARICOM Group of Countries (Group 111). This is historic for Belize and is a very high privilege to be serving as a member of the Executive Board.

We want to thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ambassador’s Office in Paris, the Ministry of Education, Youth & Sports, the Central American Countries (GRULAC), and the CARICOM Countries and Secretariat for all their help in supporting this move by Belize to be a part of the election and also winning a seat on the Executive Board. Thank you.

Submitted by
Rev. Dr. Rudolph Anthony
Secretary General
UNESCO, Belize