Grange leads successful Jamaica campaign at Unesco

Well done, Minister! The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange (centre) is  congratulated by Madame Samira Almoosu Oman, Chairman of the Nominations Committee after Jamaica's successful election to the Executive Board of UNESCO. Also sharing the moment (L - R) are Mr O'Dayne Haughton, member of the Unesco Jamaica Youth Advisory Committee; Mr Everton Hannam, Secretary-General of the Jamaican National Commission for Unesco and Her Excellency Vilma McNish, Permanent Representative to the EU and Unesco. Well done, Minister! The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange (centre) is congratulated by Madame Samira Almoosu Oman, Chairman of the Nominations Committee after Jamaica's successful election to the Executive Board of UNESCO. Also sharing the moment (L - R) are Mr O'Dayne Haughton, member of the Unesco Jamaica Youth Advisory Committee; Mr Everton Hannam, Secretary-General of the Jamaican National Commission for Unesco and Her Excellency Vilma McNish, Permanent Representative to the EU and Unesco.

Jamaica has been elected to the Executive Board of Unesco following a successful campaign led by the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange.

The elections took place today (Wednesday) during the 39th General Conference of Unesco now underway in Paris, France.

 

The 58-member Executive Board focuses on the development of policies and programmes to direct Unesco's activities.

 

Jamaica's membership of the Executive Board is for the period 2017-2021.

 

In making Jamaica's campaign pitch, Minister Grange said:

 

"Jamaica stands ready as a member of the [Executive] Board to assiduously fulfil this mandate and contribute to strengthening the work of Unesco. 

 

"It is our view that Unesco carries a heavy burden of responsibility to assist in tackling various global economic and political crises and in finding solutions that will promote sustainable development for all." 

 

 

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Minister's charge

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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