Barbados is among the 31 member states recently elected to serve on the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

This announcement was made by Director of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, and Chairperson of the Barbados National Commission for UNESCO, Alissandra Cummins.?? She is currently attending the 35th UNESCO General Conference in Paris .

The Barbados’ delegation to the 35th UNESCO General Conference is led by the Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Ronald Jones and includes Minister of Environment, Water Resources and Drainage, Dr. Denis Lowe, as well as representatives from the Barbados Embassy at Brussels which is accredited to UNESCO.

On Friday, October 14, the 193 member states of UNESCO attending the General Conference which is the highest governing body of the Organisation, voted on the replacement of part of the Executive Board, UNESCO’s other governing body.

Candidates were divided into five electoral groups and Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, Haiti, Peru and Venezuela comprise group three of the Latin American and Caribbean countries chosen for the 2009 to 2013 term.

The Executive Board meets twice before the General Conference convenes, to review the budget estimates and work program for the following two-year period, as prepared by the Director-General. It submits these with its recommendations to the General Conference and prepares the agenda for the conference.

Barbados’ high level of participation and coverage of all the Commissions and bodies of the General Conference over the years has been consistent and valued as evidenced, inter alia, by being Foundation member of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, NULL, NULL, 0);?? Member of the Intergovernmental Council for the Management of Social Transformation; Member of the Experts Drafting Group for the Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Content and Artistic Expression in 2004 and Member of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, also known as the World Heritage Committee in 2005.

Barbados became a member of UNESCO on October 24, 1968.

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