Oman

Joined UNESCO: 10/02/1972

Head of State and/or Government

Sultan of Oman: His Majesty Sultan QABOOS Bin Said Al Said

Permanent Delegation to UNESCO

H.E. Dr. Samira Mohamed Moosa Al Moosa
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate (29/09/2011)


Permanent Delegation of the Sultanate of Oman to UNESCO
Maison de l'UNESCO Bureau M2.22 1, rue Miollis 75732 PARIS Cedex 15
Telephone
01.45.68.30.52
01.45.68.30.68
Fax
01.45.67.57.42
E-mail
dl.oman(a)unesco-delegations.org

National Commission for UNESCO

Chairperson: Dr. Madiha bint Ahmed bin Nasser AL SHAIBANIYA

Secretary-General: Mr Mohammed Saleem Al Yaqoubi

Oman National Commission for Education, Culture and Science
Ministry of Education P.O. Box 3 - Code 112 Muscat Oman
Telephone
0096824254448 (SG)
Fax
0096824255959
E-mail
malyaqoubi(a)moe.om ; onc(a)moe.gov.om

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Representation in the Executive Board

The 1991 amendment modified Article V of the Constitution, regarding the status of members of the Board. From the 27th session of the General Conference (1993), the Executive Board consists of Member States rather than of persons (26 C/Resolution 19.3).
Title Name Years Sessions
Member/RepresentativeMr Musa Bin Jaafar Bin Hassan1991-1995138-147
Representative1999-2003158-167
Representative2015-2019198-207

Participation in subsidiary organs

Organs elected by the General Conference


Executive Board
Member (Term expires : 2019)
Council of the UNESCO International Bureau of Education
President : H.E. Hamood Bin Khalfan Al-Harthi (Term expires : 2018)
International Coordinating Council of the Programme on Man and the Biosphere
Member (Term expires : 41st General Conference)
Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication
Bureau Member
Member (Term expires : 40th General Conference)
Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee
Member (Term expires : 40th General Conference)
Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme
Member (Term expires : 41 General Conference)

Other intergovernmental organs


Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
Member

Addresses delivered in the general policy debate by the Head of Delegation at the General Conference

37 session of the General Conference

Her Excellency, Ms Madiha Alshaibaniya, Minister of Education of Oman

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 37th session of the General Conference - revised and corrected version of the verbatim records of plenary meetings

36 session of the General Conference

H.E. Mrs Madiha AL-SHAIBANI, Minister of Education

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 36th session of the General Conference and posted as received

35 session of the General Conference

S.E. M. Yahya Bin Saud Al Sulaimi, Ministre de l'Education

“J’ai (…) l’honneur de présenter en cette occasion, au nom de mon pays le Sultanat d’Oman, mes plus chaleureuses félicitations à Madame Irina Bokova (…).”
“Permettez-moi (…) de dire combien nous estimons l’effort accompli pour la préparation du projet de programme et de budget et, notamment, les priorités du programme qui sont en parfait accord avec la stratégie à moyen terme de l’Organisation.”
“Nous voudrions aussi insister sur l’importance de l’éducation, cette noble mission que nous tenons pour la tâche la plus formidable de l’UNESCO (…). Aussi l’éducation doit-elle être en exergue de tous les plans et programmes de l’Organisation. De là le caractère essentiel du projet de stratégie visant à faire du Bureau international de l’éducation un centre d’excellence de l’UNESCO pour l’élaboration des programmes éducatifs. (…) nous accordons la priorité absolue à l’éducation, quantitativement et qualitativement, et nous coopérons avec l’UNESCO pour profiter des progrès scientifiques et techniques accomplis dans le monde sur le plan de l’éducation.”
“Pour ce qui est de la coopération avec l’UNESCO, le Sultanat a mené à bien nombre d’activités et de programmes, notamment une réunion régionale d’experts sur le développement de l’éducation post élémentaire et secondaire dans la Région arabe. Cette réunion visait à dresser un bilan de ce qui a été accompli dans cette phase de l’enseignement et de la lier aux objectifs de l’éducation pour tous et à ceux du Millénaire pour le développement. (…) nous nous proposons d’organiser, en mars prochain, la Conférence préliminaire des Ministres de l’éducation et de l’enseignement arabes, dans le Sultanat d’Oman, en coopération entre le Sultanat et l’Organisation arabe pour l’éducation, la culture et les sciences.
“Le Sultanat accorde également la plus grande attention aux problèmes climatiques et à la lutte contre les catastrophes naturelles. Nous avons, ainsi, crée un Ministère de l’environnement et des affaires climatiques. Le Gouvernement omanais et l’UNESCO œuvrent, par ailleurs, à l’élaboration d’un système national d’alerte contre les catastrophes naturelles, car ce problème revêt une grande importance aux plans régional et international. Nous espérons aussi que l’UNESCO poursuivra son action en faveur des énergies renouvelables, principales sources d’énergie non polluantes.”
“En matière de culture et de patrimoine, l’UNESCO a choisi le Sultanat d’Oman comme point de départ du Concours international de l’excellence artisanale, vu l’importance historique, culturelle et sociale des métiers traditionnels dans ce pays, mais étant donné aussi l’attention accordée par le Sultanat à ce secteur : création d’un office indépendant des métiers de l’artisanat, d’une journée par an consacrée à l’artisan omanais (…). La Commission nationale omanaise pour l’éducation, la culture et les sciences a lancé de nombreuses initiatives et nous espérons que l’UNESCO soutiendra ces actions (…).”
“Nous attachons le plus grand prix aux traditions autochtones dont jouissent les sociétés et à la force vive que représente ce patrimoine immatériel.”

34 session of the General Conference

H.E. Mr Yahya Bin Saud Al-Sulaïmi, Minister of Education

Oman continues to be fully committed to UNESCO’s strategies and works on implementing its strategies in the country. Oman supports international cooperation and hopes that the new Programme and Budget will contribute to bring to life UNESCO’s ideals.
Oman gives a great deal of importance to the Education for All programme and is particularly focused on formal and non-formal education. Oman also wants to financially support UNESCO’s education activities in Africa.
The country has achieved Dakar goals and has increased the rates of school enrolment. In addition Oman gives much attention to formal schooling, gender equality, youth and availability of resources.
The National Commission in Oman organized events in the areas of art and culture to enhance youth participation and awareness on dialogues between cultural cooperation. However, Oman needs help to continue its efforts.
Oman commends UNESCO’s efforts and cooperation between sectors. UNESCO has to stress its own unique features as a think tank of the United Nations system. The Organisation also has to develop its capacities to be able to conduct emergency interventions.

Celebration of anniversaries

  • 150th anniversary of the birth of Abdullah bin Humaid Al Salmi, social reformer and encyclopedic scientist (1867-1914) (with the support of Lebanon and Egypt) (2017)

  • Abdullah bin Humaid Al Salmi was born in Oman in 1867. He studied in Oman and since his early age he became culturally prominent. With his perseverance in education, writing and reconciliation among people, he had a wide religious, educational and social influence from Oman to Iraq and Iran and even to the Zanzibar Island (United Republic of Tanzania) in the east of Africa.
    He spent all his life in education, writing and reconciliation among people, thus he became very known and able of peaceful intervention to solve social problems simply with his spiritual and moral power.
    He is the author of several works in religious reform, philosophy and literature, of which several are published. His works show that he is considered an enlightened intellectual in his time.

  • 1000th anniversary of the birth of Abu Mohammed Abdullah bin Mohammed al-Azdi (Ibn al-Thahabi), scientist (with the support of Egypt and Lebanon) (2016)

  • Ibn Al-Thahabi is famous for his book Kitab al-Ma’a (The Book of Water), which is a 900-page medical encyclopaedia that lists the names of diseases, its medicine and a physiological process or a treatment. It is the first known alphabetical classification of medical terms. In this encyclopaedia, Ibn Al-Thahabi not only lists the names but adds numerous original ideas about the function of the human organs. It also contains a course for the treatment psychological symptoms. The main thesis of his medication is that cure must start from controlled food and exercise and if it persists then use specific individual medicines. His work can be considered as one of the first steps for the scientific understanding of the human body and its functions.

  • 400th anniversary of the death of Rashid Ibn Omairah, physician (?-1615) (2015)

  • Rashid Ibn Omairah was a famous doctor in the old era. He was autodidact in medical studies and wrote books in the medical field.

  • 1300th anniversary of the birth of Al-Khalil Bin Ahmed Al-Farahidi, philologist (2006)

  • The first historical movement to reform the Arabic language and writing system came during the Umayyad era. Abul Aswad ad-Du’ali is credited as the founder of Arabic grammar and with the invention of diacritical marks to distinguish between certain identical consonants such as the “gaf” and “fa”. This system of diacritical marks is known as Tashkil (vocalization). Different colours also were also introduced to differentiate between these marks – black for the diacritics and red or yellow for the vocalics. The Umayyad viceroy al-Hajjaj Ibn Yousuf al-Thaqafi (694-714), taking on the responsibility of solving problems concerning diacriticals, commissioned Nasr and Yehya to refine the Tashkil system. They introduced the use of dots and certain vowel signs as differentiating marks. A second reform movement was undertaken around 786. Al-Khalil Bin Ahmed Al-Farahidi, the famous Arab philologist and lexicographer, was entrusted with devising a new Tashkil system. Al-Farahidi introduced vowel signs inspired by the initial shape or parts of certain letters. The sign “hamza”, for example, is part of the letter “ayn” (without its end-tail). The new system gained wide popularity throughout the world, and constitutes an essential element of the identity of Arabic language. Al-Farahidi’s most prominent work is his development of the study of prosody in Arabic poetry. He was also the first to believe in the specialization of students. For these reasons, celebrating Al-Khalil Bin Ahmed Al-Farahidi is celebrating the specific contribution of Arabic language to humanity’s cultural wealth, which conforms to UNESCO’s objectives of promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity.