|Friday, 14 October - Commission I|
|Seventh Meeting - 10:00 a.m.|
|Ms Bhaswati Mukherjee (India)|
|Debate 7 (Conclusion) 5.21: Reflection on the Future of UNESCO Debate 8 (Opening) 6.1 – Report by the ad hoc working group on relations between the three Organs of UNESCO 6.5 – Size of the Executive Board|
|Debate 7 33 C/COM.I/DR.5 33 C/COM.I/DR.7 Debate 8 33 C/COM.I/DR.3|
Debate 7 The Chairperson opened the meeting by resuming yesterday's afternoon session. An informal working group was organized in the evening of 13 October, chaired by the Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This group reached a consensus on the revised text of 33 C/COM.I/DR.5 related to Item 5.21 : Reflection on the Future of UNESCO. Ambassador Ahmad Jalali took the floor to present the amendments agreed in the informal working group, followed by the Representative of Australia who presented the consensus text to the floor. The Commission then decided to recommend that the General Conference adopt the Draft Resolution concerning Item 5.21 as amended. Several delegates took the floor to thank the Working Group. Subsequently the Chairperson closed Debate 7. The Commission then turned into the consideration of Item 6.2 - Implementation of 32 C/Resolution 79: grouping of Member States for the purpose of elections to the Executive Board – Recommendations of the Executive Board. The Commission reached a decision on its recommendations concerning this item. Subsequently Debate 6 was closed and the Commission moved to the consideration of Debate 8 concerning Item 6.1: Report by the ad hoc working group on relations between the three organs of UNESCO and Item 6.5: Size of the Executive Board Debate 8 The Chairperson opened Debate 8 by giving the floor to the distinguished Delegate of Nigeria, Ambassador Michael Abiola Omolewa, President of the Ad hoc working group on relations between the three organs of UNESCO. The Chairperson then invited the Representative of Australia, to give further details on the content of the report. The Chairperson then invited the Vice-Chairman of the ad hoc working group, the Representative of Sweden, to provide supplementary information. The Representatives of the following countries took the floor (in order of participation): Iceland, Cuba, Serbia and Montenegro, Canada, Burkina Faso, Afghanistan, Philippines, Venezuela, Syrian Arab Republic, Mexico, Italy, France, Russian Federation, Lesotho, Finlande, Lebanon, United Republic of Tanzania, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Germany, Yemen, Peru, China, Colombia, Brazil, Indonesia, New Zealand, Japan, United States of America, Spain, India, Malaysia, Australia, Democratic Republic of Korea, Sweden, Austria, Norway, Vietnam, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Denmark, Poland, Jamaica, Grenada, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Saint-Lucia and Slovenia. The Representative of the Director-General, Ms Françoise Riviere, Assistant Director-General for the Office of the Director-General, was then invited to provide clarifications on their enquiries. Before adjourning Debate 8 until tomorrow's morning, the Chairperson informed the floor that the drafting group, previously established, will meet in a seperate room during the afternoon to treat the recommendations contained in document 33 C/17: Report by the Ad Hoc working Group on relations between the Three Organs of UNESCO. The Chairperson then adjourned the session until this afternoon at 3.15 p.m.