If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that the UAE has been a breeding ground for advanced initiatives in the fields of culture, science and education. Also nodding their heads in agreement is… the rest of the world.
It has been announced that the UAE has won a seat for the fourth consecutive time on the executive board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, where it will serve until 2023.
Securing 107 votes, the win reflects the international community's confidence in the UAE's role in championing the founding principles of UNESCO.
Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, headed the UAE delegation participating at the 40th session of UNESCO's General Conference last week. “The UAE’s appointment to the Unesco’s executive board reflects the wide acknowledgement of the country’s prominent efforts in advancing initiatives in the fields of culture, science and education", she explained.
“This significant milestone is a recognition of our firm belief in the power of UNESCO to bring about peace and prosperity to nations worldwide.”
Over the next four years, the UAE will work alongside the other member states of the Executive Board to discuss the goals and objectives of the UN body, setting guidelines for its policies and strategy.
A potted history of the UAE’s glorious involvement with UNESCO: as well as ranking as the 6th top voluntary donor to UNESCO in 2018 (casual), and currently holding membership to six UNESCO committees (double casual), the UAE has one site on UNESCO's World Heritage list, eight national and multinational additions to the Intangible Heritage list, and two cities designated as Creative Cities by UNESCO. The UAE has also established over 120 UNESCO-associated schools, and hosts the Regional Centre for Education Planning (RCEP) for the organisation. Enough said?
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