Bangladesh elected UNESCO executive board vice-chairperson

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 01:08, Dec 01,2019


Bangladesh has been elected vice-chairperson of the UNESCO executive board from the electoral group four — Asian and Pacific States — for the next two years.

Bangladesh got elected unanimously vice-chair of the UNESCO executive board at its 208th session held at the UNESCO headquarters on Friday.

Former foreign affairs minister of Equatorial Guinea Agapito Mba Mokuy has been elected chairperson of the UNESCO executive board for the tenure 2019-2021.

Bangladesh is also an elected member of the UNESCO executive board for the tenure 2017-2021, said the Bangladesh embassy in Paris on Friday night.

There are the six electoral groups: Western European and North American States, Eastern European States, Latin-American and Caribbean States, Asian and Pacific States, African States and Arab States.

Apart from Bangladesh, Switzerland, Russia,

Saint Lucia, Ethiopia and Egypt have been elected vice-chairpersons from five other electoral groups.

The executive board is one of the three constitutional organs of UNESCO, the others being the general conference and the secretariat, and it is elected by the general conference, confirmed Bangladesh embassy in Paris on Friday night.

Acting under the authority of the general conference, the board examines the programme of work for the organisation and corresponding budget estimates submitted to it by the director general.

It consists of 58 member states each with a four-year term of office.

The 58 member states are elected to the executive board according to this system of regional grouping whereby each region is allocated a specific number of seats on the board.

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