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PIA Press Release
2007/10/10

Lapus voted VP of 34th UNESCO General Conference

Pasig City (10 October) -- Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Jesli Lapus has been elected Vice President of the 34th United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference - giving the country a chance to press forward issues facing Philippine public education to the international agenda.

"This is an opportunity to give education the focus it rightly deserves before a worldwide organization such as UNESCO," Lapus said.

Out of 192 member states, the Philippines has been appointed vice president of this year's General Conference. As representative of RP, Lapus shall assist the representative of the presiding country in coordinating the general work of the session.

Aside from holding the position of vice president, the Philippines is also vying for a seat in the Executive Board of UNESCO. The Executive Board examines the programmes of the organization, and ensures the rational execution of these programmes. Fifty eight (58) highly-contested positions for member states are elected by the General Conference, with a four-year term of office.

The General Conference meets every two years and is attended by member states, associate members, and observers from non-member states, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations. Each country has one vote regardless of its size or contribution to the organization's budget.

The 34th session of the General Conference will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. It aims to promote international cooperation among its 192 member states and six associate members in the fields of science, culture, education, and communication. Its efforts are geared towards creating venues for genuine dialogues among member states. (DepEd) [top]

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