Jamaica has been elected to the executive board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Jamaica’s membership on the executive board is for the period 2017-2021.
The elections took place yesterday, during the 39th General Conference of UNESCO now under way in Paris, France.
The 58-member executive board focuses on the development of policies and programmes to direct UNESCO’s activities.
In making Jamaica’s campaign pitch, a release from Minister of Culture Olivia ‘Bapsy’ Grange’s office quoted her as saying: “Jamaica stands ready as a member of the [Executive] Board to assiduously fulfill this mandate and contribute to strengthening the work of UNESCO.
“It is our view that UNESCO carries a heavy burden of responsibility to assist in tackling various global economic and political crises and in finding solutions that will promote sustainable development for all.”