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Council of the UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE)  

Origin The IBE, which is an international centre for the content of education, was founded in Geneva in 1925 as a private institution. In 1929, it extended its membership to governments and thus became the first intergovernmental organization in the field of education. In 1969, the IBE joined UNESCO as an integral, yet autonomous, institution (15 C/Res. 14.1 (1968).Statutes entered into force on 1st January 1969. Modified at its 19th (19 C/Res. 1.521) 21st (21 C/Res. 1/13), 24th (24 C/Res. 4.3), 25th (25 C/Res. 1.2.1) 28th (28 C/Res. 1.10 et 22) and 29th (29 C/Res. 3) sessions.
Mission of the Bureau In accordance with Article II of the Statutes, the International Bureau of Education “shall contribute to the design and implementation of the programme of the Organization in regard to education”. Defined by the General Conference, at its 30th session, as a UNESCO centre specializing in the content of education, IBE leads a programme focussed on the theme “Learning to live together” with three strategic objectives: strengthening of capacity building to reform educational content, learning strategies, structures and methods of managing programmes in Member States; collecting, analysing and disseminating information on best practices; promoting dialogue on educational policy particularly when organizing sessions of the International Conference on Education. IBE is also engaged, within its area of competence, in cross-cutting programmes: technical support on curriculum development, at the request of Member States, clearing house for educational responses to prevent HIV/AIDS, within the UN inter-agency programme. A project on Curricula and Eradication of Poverty is under way.
Mandate of the Council To draw up the programme and budget of the Bureau; to define activities to be undertaken and supervise their implementation; to mobilize human and financial resources; to approve the draft annual budget of the Bureau; to verify budget execution and audited accounts; to make proposals for the preparation and organization of the sessions of the International Conference on Education.
Composition The Council consists of 28 Member States elected by the General Conference. Their term of office runs from the end of the session of the General Conference which designates them to the end of the second ordinary session of the General Conference following.
Member States elected at the 31st session of the General Conference to be members of the Council until the end of the 33rd session: Angola, Belgium, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, France, Haiti, Jamaica, Lebanon, Lithuania, Portugal,  Spain, United Arab Emirates.
Members of the Council elected at the 30th session of the General Conference for a term of office expiring at the end of the 32nd session of the General Conference: Cuba, Czech Republic, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Senegal, Switzerland, Thailand, Zimbabwe.
Geographical distribution among electoral groups
as amended by 28C/Res.22 in 1995

Group

Seats

I
II
III
IV
V

5
4
4
6
9

Total

28

Bureau Elected for 2 years; mandate renewable once.
Chairperson : Mr Haziz Hasbi (Morocco)
Five Vice-Chairpersons pertaining to the 6 regional groups.
Subsidiary bodies: Administrative Group and Working Group for the preparation of the International Conference on Education. 

Six members each, pertaining to the 6 regional groups.
Meetings foreseen during the biennium Ordinary Sessions : at least once every year
Steering Committee: once a year

January 2003 : 50th session of the Council: Renewal of the Bureau
Sector/Division responsible Education Sector
URL of the site http://www.ibe.unesco.org/

Current membership of the Council
Membership of the Council since its establishment

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