The General Conference = the governing body of UNESCO, which brings together all of the Organization’s 195 Member States to determine the direction of the Organization’s programs and activities for the next two years and rule on questions of funding and governance.
Elects the Members of the Executive Board and appoints, every four years, the Director-General.
GC is prepared 2yrs before through regional consultative meetings.
The 38th session of the General Conference also marks the 70th anniversary of the Organization, hosting on 16 and 17 November a Leader’s Forum with the participation of an unprecedented number of Heads of State and Government.
02/11/2015: Second interregional forum of national commissions for UNESCO
“Assessing the Value of UNESCO: Methodology and Pilot Project”, presented by Ms. Louise Filiatrault, Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO;
“Public and Private partnerships”, presented by Mr. Dong-seok Min, Secretary-General of the Korean National Commission and Mr. Lutz Moeller, Deputy Secretary-General of the German National Commission;
- UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme and National Commissions” presented by Mr David Atchoarena, Director, Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems, Education Sector.
Meeting with UNESCO Regional Offices: discussion on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at country level.
03/11/2015 : OPENING CEREMONIES
Opening of the session by the President of the 37th session of the General Conference
Adoption of the agenda
Election of the President and Vice-Presidents of the General Conference and of the Chairpersons, Vice-Chairpersons and Rapporteurs of the Commissions and Committees
Admission to the work of the General Conference of Observers from International Non- Governmental Organizations other than those with the status of official partners of UNESCO
Elected President of the 38th Session is Mr. Stanley Mutumba Simataa, Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology of the Republic of Namibia
4 November 2015 –7 November 2015: THE GENERAL POLICY DEBATE:
This high-level forum is reserved for Official Statements by Heads Delegation of Member States, invited to share their vision for UNESCO and its place in the multilateral arena today and in the future, the international community moves to implement the new global sustainable development agenda.
CNRU Secretary General together with Rwandan Ambassador in Paris and UNESCO participating in UNESCO G.C
In the evening on 4th November 2015, a high-level ministerial meeting was held, preceding the work of the ED Commission, to formally launch the framework for action (FFA) agreed upon at the World Education Forum (WEF) in collaboration with other WEF 2015 co-convening agencies and parties, including civil society.
This FFA agreed upon at the World Education Forum in Incheon in May 2015, required amendments to reflect the outcomes of the third International Conference on Financing for Development (Addis Ababa, July 2015), of the Oslo Summit on Education for Development (July 2015) and of the United Nations Special Summit on Sustainable Development in New York in September 2015. Ministers have been given an opportunity to consider the amendments, reach consensus and adopt the finalized Framework.
Rwanda Statement was presented by His Exc. Ambassador in France and Permanent delegate to UNESCO, Mr. Jacques Kabale, on 5th November 2015 afternoon:
Rwanda Ambassador in France, Mr Jacques KABARE, held a speech at 38th General Congerence of UNESCO in Paris
The same day in the morning, Rwandan delegation was received by Ms. Irina Bokova, the UNESCO DG.
Rwandan Delegation to 38th session of UNESCO General Conference received by Ms. Irina BOKOVA, UNESCO DG NOV 5th 2015
Appreciation to the Director General for her support to Rwanda, especially by:
• Approving different projects submitted to Participation Program (PP);
• Facilitating the establishment of a Centre of Excellency for Biodiversity in the Country;
• Providing the capacity building assistance to the Ministry of Education including its decentralized entities officials, in education planning
• Approving the Establishment in Rwanda, of an East Africa Centre for a Fundamental Research based on activities associated with the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) under the auspices of UNESCO (Category 2).
• Providing a technical assistance to prepare the registration on the list of the World Heritage of the Memorial Sites of Genocide against Tutsi, etc.
The General Conference work is organized in different and parallel Commissions:
1. ED Commission (4th -7th November 2015)
2. SC Commission (9th -10th Nov. 2015)
3. SHS Commission (10th -12th Nov.2015)
4. CLT Commission (12th -14th Nov.2015)
5. CI Commission (10th -11th Nov.2015)
6. APX Commission on financial, administrative and general questions, program support and external relations (4th -9th November 2015).
• Consideration and adoption of the Draft Budget for 2016-2017 Part II.A: Major Program I – Education
• Preparation of the Draft Program and Budget for 2018-2021 (39 C/5)
• Establishment of category 2 Institutes and centers under the auspices of UNESCO (22 including Establishment in Kigali Rwanda of an East Africa Institute for Fundamental Research - No 5)
• Amendments to the Statutes of the International Bureau of Education (IBE)
• Preliminary report on the technical and legal aspects relating to the desirability of a global standard-setting instrument on the recognition of higher education qualifications
• Proposal for the revision of the 1976 Recommendation on the Development of Adult Education
• Proposal for the revision of the Recommendation concerning Technical and Vocational Education.
• Methods of preparing the budget and budget estimates for 2016-2017 and budgeting techniques
• Consideration and adoption of the Draft Budget for 2016-2017
• Preparation of the Draft Program and Budget for 2018-2021 (39 C/5)
• Proposals by Member States for the celebration of anniversaries in 2016-2017 with which UNESCO could be associated
• 5. New format of reporting to the Executive Board on program implementation (EX/4)
• Quadrennial report on the contribution made to UNESCO’s activities by non-governmental organizations
• Financial report and audited consolidated financial statements relating to the accounts of UNESCO for the year ended 31 December 2014, and report by the External Auditor
• Scale of assessments and currency of Member States’ contributions
• Collection of Member States’ contributions, etc.
Most of elections were scheduled from 11th November 2015.
9th Nov. 2015: Request for admission of the Republic of Kosovo to UNESCO…
• 92/142 YES
• 50/142 NO
• 29/142 ABSTAIN
Majority required: 95/142.
6th Nov.2016: EDUCATION TO PREVENT AND COUNTER VIOLENT EXTREMISM
Organized by UNESCO and USA (Deputy Secretary of State, Mr. Antony Blinken was the Keynote Speaker), the high level meeting (Ministers) focused on the role of education and its contribution to national strategies to prevent youth radicalization and violent extremism
Rwanda was invited.
Project with AEGIS / Memorial Gisozi-USA Embassy in Rwanda.
• 16 to 18 November 2015: LEADERS’ FORUM
This high-level segment was reserved primarily for keynote addresses by Heads of State and Government of Member States and Associate Members, invited to share their views and vision for UNESCO and its place in the multilateral arena today and in the future, as it celebrates 70 years of action – and as the international community transitions to the post-2015 development agenda.