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Flag raising ceremony at 34th General Conference welcomes Montenegro and Singapore to UNESCO

On 17 October, during the Plenary meeting of the 34th session of the General Conference, a flag raising ceremony was held to honour the Organization’s newest Member States, Singapore and Montenegro.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koďchiro Matsuura, was joined by the whole assembly in applauding the Head of the Delegation of Montenegro, Mr Predrag Sekulić, Minister of Culture, Sport and Media, as well as Mr Gan Kim Yong, Head of the Singaporean Delegation, Minister of State for Education and Minister of State for Manpower, as they officially raised the flags of their respective countries alongside those of all UNESCO Member States, which now total 193.

Montenegro became the 192nd Member State of UNESCO when its Foreign Minister, Milan Roćen, signed the Organization's Constitution and deposited the instruments of acceptance on behalf of his government, on 1 March 2007 in London.

After 22 years of absence, Singapore has rejoined the Organization, following the deposition in London on 8 October 2007 of its instrument of acceptance, becoming UNESCO’s 193rd Member State.

In an earlier statement, the Director-General expressed his deep satisfaction with these important new memberships to UNESCO. He further expressed his confidence that Singapore and Montenegro will make a rich and diverse contribution in all of UNESCO’s areas of competence, and declared that “this marks a decisive step towards the universality that is UNESCO’s great strength and source of legitimacy. Every new accession serves to strengthen the bonds of multilateralism, opening the way for a more effective global response to the increasingly complex challenges of our time.”

Before attending the flag raising ceremony Mr Matsuura held a bilateral meeting with the Singaporean Minister, Mr Gan Kim Yong, in which they discussed the grand axes of the future cooperation between UNESCO and Singapore. Among other things, they agreed that Singapore would form part of UNESCO’s Bangkok cluster Office, and that the country’s partial contribution to UNESCO for the year 2007 would be spent on a global management project, namely IPSAS, the International Public Sector Accounting Standards.

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Author(s): Office of the Spokeswoman - Source: Flash Info N° 141-2007 -  Publication Date: 18-10-2007

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