United Nations’ reform and UNESCO’s future on agenda of the 175th session of the Executive BoardThe 175th session of UNESCO’s Executive Board, chaired by Chinese Vice-Minister of Education, Zhang Xinsheng, opened on 26 September and will continue through to 12 October.
During this session, particular emphasis will be placed on the future of UNESCO and the reform of the United Nations system. The Director-General of UNESCO, Koďchiro Matsuura, will broach the subject in his address at the opening of the plenary session on 2 October. A thematic debate, “UNESCO as a specialized agency of the reforming United Nations system: challenges, roles and functions at the global, regional and country levels”, on 4 October will examine the issue in depth.
The presentation and debates on the preliminary proposals by the Director-General for the Medium Term Strategy 2008-2013 and the draft Programme and Budget (2008-2009) will allow for a closer examination of the evolution to come, or already underway, ensuring the coherence adjustment of the Organization’s priorities to the challenges ahead.
Education and post-conflict assistance are two areas where UNESCO’s specific mandate comes to the fore in an exemplary and innovative manner. Other subjects on the agenda include UNESCO’s role in Education for All (EFA) – with the presentation of a new version of the Global Action Plan to achieve EFA, and a report on progress since the last session of the Board – as well as the situation in Lebanon and the assistance the Organization is providing to that country.
Plenary sessions will be held from 2 to 6 October and again on 12 and 13 October. During the interval between these dates, various agenda items will be examined in commission.
The Executive Board, which meets twice a year, comprises 58 of UNESCO’s 191 Member States. It is responsible for the execution of the programme adopted by the Organization’s General Conference. The Secretariat, led by the Director-General, is responsible for the implementation of the programme.