The UAE has won membership to the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) for 2019-2023.
This is the fourth time that the UAE has secured membership of one of Unesco's three constitutional organs. The announcement comes following the disclosure of the voting results, which took place at the 40th session of the General Conference of Unesco in Paris held from November 17th to 27th.
The UAE delegation, headed by Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, met with several officials, ministers of culture, ministers of education, and heads of member states' delegations.
The achievement mirrors the confidence that the international community is willing to place in the UAE and its predominant role in promoting the founding principles of Unesco across the scientific, educational, and cultural sectors.
"The UAE's appointment to the Unesco Executive Board reflects the wide acknowledgement of the country's prominent efforts in advancing initiatives in the fields of culture, science and education," Noura Al Kaabi said.
"The UAE reiterates its commitment to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to working with all member states to ensure its realisation".
The Executive Board consists of 58 Member States, each with a four-year term of office. It is one of the three constitutional organs of Unesco (the others being the General Conference and the Secretariat) and is elected by the General Conference.
The Board examines the programme of work for the organisation and corresponding budget estimates submitted to it by the Director-General.
This comes after a new agreement was between Noura Al Kaabi, and Director-General of Unesco Audrey Azoulay at the headquarters in Paris on October 15th, ensuring the restoration efforts of some cultural sites in Iraq. The agreement is in line with the UAE's decision to promote 2019 as the Year of Tolerance.
The agreement aims to launch the restoration of the Al Nuri Mosque and Minaret Al-Hadaba. The initiative also calls on all Arab countries to participate in the reconstruction of Al Mosul and other endangered sites in the Arab world to promote the conflicted region's prosperous and peaceful history.
The UAE's relationship with Unesco has strengthened over the years, with the UAE participating in many of its programmes, donating funds, and developing home-grown initiatives, WAM reported.