Information on 37th Session Of UNESCO General Conference (5th -20th Nov. 2013)

Tuesday 5 November 2013

Opening Ceremony UNESCO 37th General Conference 2013
The General Conference unanimously elected Dr. Hao Ping, Vice Minister of Education of China and Chairperson of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, as its 37th President.

The Vice-Presidents of the General Conference, the Chairpersons, Vice-Chairpersons and Rapporteurs of the commissions and committees were also elected. For more details on the elections, please refer to the summary of debate of the Nominations Committee.
Anguilla was unanimously admitted as Associate Member of UNESCO.
H. R. H. Princesse Marie of Denmark visited UNESCO and delivered a speech in the Plenary. In her speech, she touched upon the important work done by UNESCO, particularly in the fields of education for sustainable development and quality education, to face global challenges of the 21st century such as climate change, global health, and social inequalities. She underlined that UNESCO had a very important role to play in order to foster equality education and to empower learners to take action in their communities to face the global challenges. She concluded her address by expressing her continuous support to UNESCO and to the realization of its noble cause.

Monday 4 November 2013

The Interregional Meeting of National Commissions for UNESCO on the occasion of the 37th session of the General Conference took place. The event was opened by Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. Major topics discussed included:
-# Contribution of National Commissions to UNESCO’s engagement in the post-2015 development agenda,
-# Their activities targeting youth,
-# Interface and cooperation between UNESCO field offices and National Commissions, and
-# New modalities of the Participation Programme.
A total of 160 representatives from 110 National Commissions and Permanent Delegations to UNESCO attended the meeting

Wednesday 6th November 2013


The Leaders’ Forum on the theme of “UNESCO mobilizing for and contributing to the post-2015 agenda through education, the sciences, culture and communication and information” will take place on 6 November 2013, Room I.
This forward-looking policy dialogue, launched in 2011, is intended to address issues of strategic, global and interdisciplinary interest with a view to providing general orientations for the work of the Organization. With the participation of ministers from 54 member states, this event will be of particular importance at a time when the General Conference will decide on the new Medium-Term Strategy, which for the first time will stretch over a period of eight years, from 2014 to 2021. Special attention will be paid to the global priorities of the Organization, Africa and Gender Equality, as well as to the needs of youth, Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
The Heads of State or Government who will be present at the Leaders’ Forum are the following:
-* H.E. Ms Laura Chinchilla, President of the Republic of Costa Rica .
-* H.E Mr Moncef Marzouki, President of the Republic of Tunisia.
-* H.E. Mr Algirdas Butkevicius, Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania.

There will also be special addresses during the Forum by:
-* H.E. Mr Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
-* Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women (video message).
-* Mr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director-General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).
-* Ms Marie Madeleine Mborantsuo, President of the Constitutional Court of Gabon
-* The sessions of the Leaders’ Forum will be moderated by H.E. Mr Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resource Development of India and Mr Stephen Cole, Senior Presenter Al Jazeera English, Doha and London.

Source: UNESCO 37TH General Conference session E-JOURNAL

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