MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
16 November 1999
Australia Elected to UNESCO Executive Board
I am pleased to announce that Australia was elected to the Executive Board of UNESCO by the UNESCO General Conference on 9 November.
Since 1946 Australia has served on the Executive Board on five previous ocassions, the last being from 1991 to 1995.
As a result of a one-off decision by the last Session of the General Conference, there was a requirement to choose two of the eight members elected from the Asia-Pacific region to serve a two year, rather than the usual four year term on the Board, in order to rectify an imbalance in the number of seats falling due in this biennium's election. This was done by drawing lots. Australia and Japan were drawn.
Australia's representative on the Board will be Professor
Kenneth Wiltshire AO, the Chairman of the Australian National
Commission for UNESCO.
The 58-member Executive Board acts as an administrative council for UNESCO. It prepares the agenda for the General Conference, examines the program of work and corresponding budget estimates, and is responsible for the effective execution of Conference decisions.
Membership of the Executive Board will enable us to provide direct input into the reform and revitalisation of UNESCO, including in areas of programme and financial management, and in reforming relations between the Director-General and the Executive Board. It will also enable us to help increase the regional focus of UNESCO activities, in particular in the South Pacific.
Ministerial - Mark Croxford (02) 6277 7500
Departmental - Matt Francis (02) 6261 1555
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