Region needs representation in UNESCO leadership – Grange

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says Jamaica “intends to present a candidate for election to the Executive Board of UNESCO for the period 2017-2021.”

The Minister’s announcement was made during her address at the Consultative Meeting of the National Commissions for UNESCO in the Caribbean at the Pegasus Hotel on Monday.

Minister Grange said:

“The region was ably represented on the outgoing Executive Board by St. Kitts/Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago and Belize. Jamaica intends to ensure that region’s voice and priorities are reflected in the decisions of the next Executive Board.”

Minister Grange also said that as the UNESCO Body looks to elect its new Director-General, it is “unfortunate that there isn’t even a single candidate from the Caribbean being put forward for the role.”

She said the region needs to start looking around for a candidate to put forward for the next election cycle.

“Us in the Caribbean must actively participate in deciding the future of UNESCO, its budget and its priorities. We must ensure that our national priorities become UNESCO priorities. UNESCO must strengthen action that will address the vulnerable globally and in particular, Small Island Developing States in their country,” Minister Grange said.

The Caribbean has had several outstanding leaders within the UNESCO. The Session of the General Conference which elected the first woman Director-General was presided over by a member of the region.

 

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I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Olivia Grange

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