By Roy Mabasa
The Philippines has been elected as Vice President of the Preparatory Group of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Executive Board.
UNESCO is a specialized agency of the UN based in Paris. Its declared purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights
The Preparatory Group is a technical body with the purpose to contribute to effective and inclusive preparation of UNESCO Executive Board sessions, as well as facilitate its decision-making. The Preparatory Group meets twice per year, prior to the regular sessions of the Executive Board.
The Philippines was elected at the first meeting of the UNESCO Executive Board the previous week.
Philippine Deputy Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Hendrik Garcia shall serve as Vice President with Cote d’Ivoire Ambassador Denise Houphouet-Boigny as President.
The meeting, attended by over a hundred Member States, discussed a number of important items such as the Execution of the Programme adopted by the General Conference, Resource Mobilization Strategy and Structured Financing Dialogue, and New Audits by the External Auditor, included in the agenda of the 204th Session of the Executive Board scheduled on April 4-17.
In her remarks, Philippine Ambassador to France Ma. Theresa Lazaro underscored the Philippines’ full commitment to contributing to the success of the Preparatory Group. She pledged to work closely with Cote d’Ivoire, the Chair, as well as with all delegations, and the Secretariat throughout the next two years as Vice-Chair. ###