Joined UNESCO: 10/01/1950

Head of State and/or Government

Presidente de la República: Excmo. Sr. Don Juan Carlos VARELA RODRIGUEZ

Permanent Delegation to UNESCO

H. E. Mr Flavio Mendez
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate (12/06/2012)

Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Panama to UNESCO
Maison de l'UNESCO 1, rue Miollis 75732 PARIS CEDEX 15 Bureau B12.37

National Commission for UNESCO

Presidente: Ing. Ricardo Pinzón

Secretario general: Excmo. sr. D. Flavio G. Méndez

Directora de Cooperación Internacional, Ministerio de Educación: Magister Liza Romina Pinzón M.

Comisión Panameña de Cooperación con la UNESCO
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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
MemberMs Otilia A. De Tejeira1962-196864-80
MemberMr Horacio J. Bustamante1976-1979101-107
MemberMs Josefa María Prado1979-1980107-110

Participation in subsidiary organs

Other intergovernmental organs

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

Councils of UNESCO's Institutes and Centres

Governing Board of the UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean
Designated Member : Marcela Paredes de Vásquez (Term expires : 37th General Conference)

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

36 session of the General Conference

H.E. Mr Henry J. Faarup, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Panama to France, Permanent Delegate to UNESCO

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

H.E. Ms Mirna Sixtina Vallejos de Crespo, Deputy Minister of Education

(Translation from Spanish)
“Allow me to begin by commending UNESCO’s Director-General, Mr Matsuura, for his efforts over the last ten years (…). We would also like to welcome and congratulate Ms Irina Bokova (…).”
“Despite the world financial crisis, Panama’s economy grew by 5.9% in 2009, allowing increased investment in education and health, which are priority items in the national budget.”
“(…) 97% of the population completes primary education. The average length of education in rural areas is 7 years and in urban areas, 10.6 years. Over a third of all schools are equipped with a computer lab.”
“We belong to a new Government that is making enormous efforts to close the quality gap between different schools. To this end, free books and school supplies are being provided to all pupils enrolled in basic general education, and the distribution of shoes, uniforms and scholarships to all primary education pupils is planned.”
“Support exists for programmes that take into account cultural, ethnic, religious and gender differences, as well as those related to a mental or physical disability. Students and teachers are participating in two major projects – the Biodiversity Museum’s “Source of Life” national project, and the “Guardians of the Channel” project, designed to increase Panama’s role in biodiversity management.”
“We wish to thank UNESCO for its support of the Cleaner Production Programme and the Medicinal Plants for Rural Communities programme.”
“We call upon UNESCO to step up cooperation in protecting national historic heritage and cultural heritage and in supporting violent behaviour prevention programmes. Studies are needed with the participation of several countries and results can be shared and used in a way that optimizes UNESCO’s resources. We ask Member States to share their successful experiences, which can be examined and, where possible, adapted to each country.”
“UNESCO needs to support projects which encourage parents to participate more fully in their children’s education through specific programmes, and integrate different economic sectors into these activities as a social responsibility and a commitment by all.”
“(…) We ask UNESCO to ensure greater equity in the support provided by offering it to countries where extreme social risks prevail. We urge the other nations to provide the resources necessary to achieve a more fair and equitable society.”

34 session of the General Conference

S.E. M. Castro Jaén, Ministre de l’Education

Les actions du gouvernement national pour le renforcement de l’éducation de qualité soutien la lutte contre la pauvreté, l’amélioration de la santé et de la sécurité citadine.
Le Panama intensifie l’utilisation des technologies de l’information et de la communication dans la gestion académique et administrative et combat le résidu de 7,2% d’analphabétisme.
Concernant l’Education pour Tous, le Panama a atteint 3 des 6 objectifs ; à savoir : l’universalisation de l’éducation primaire, la parité entre les sexes (98%), et la hausse du taux d’alphabétisation à 92,4%. Cependant, des efforts restent à fournir en matière de qualité de l’éducation, de l’éducation préscolaire et de l’apprentissage des jeunes et des adultes.
Le Panama veut consolider une culture de paix exemplaire avec la création d’un Centre latino-américain de formation didactique des droits de l’homme et d’un Observatoire international. Le Panama a également lancé la création d’un Fond commun centraméricain, dans le cadre d’un plan d’urgence sociale, et destiné à éradiquer le travail des enfants.
Le Panama a une société multiethnique, multiculturelle et plurilinguistique et de ce fait, l’inter culturalité est un aspect très important de l’éducation. Le pays compte renforcer le multilinguisme et faire une place importante aux langues indigènes.
Afin de mettre fin à l’exclusion sociale, le gouvernement compte sur le programme « Réseau d’opportunités » qui comporte deux axes : la santé et l’éducation avec un vaste programme de bourses. L’éducation spéciale et inclusive reste une priorité pour l’Etat.
Le Panama soutien sans réserve le processus de réforme de l’UNESCO en matière d’éducation et en particulier de sauvegarde du patrimoine culturel, tangible et immatériel, et de promotion des droits de l’homme.
Dans le cadre de la coopération Sud-Sud, le Panama apportera une assistance technique à la République d’Haïti en matière d’éducation. Haïti n’a pas besoin d’une armée d’occupation mais d’une importante aide en matière d’éducation.

Celebration of anniversaries

150th anniversary of the birth of the Puerto Rican thinker Eugenio Maria de Hostos (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela) (1989)

Born in'Mayagtiey, Puerto Rico, 11 January 1839.
Died in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on 11 August 1903.
He began his studies in Spain in 1852. He made one of the most valuable contributions to educational work in Latin America and the Caribbean. The ideal of freedom that inspired his life led him to participate in the struggles for independence in Latin America and the Caribbean. He founded the teacher-training college of Santo Domingo. From that base he opposed scholasticism, applying the most modern teaching methods of his day." He consequently proceeded to develop the positivist method. He insisted on the need to educate women, contrary to the patriarchal prejudices of his time. He published sociological and historical works of great importance. He carried out significant academic work in the Republic of Chile and was appointed Principal of the Liceo de. Chilian (1889-1890) and of the Liceo Miguel Luis Amunategui. He wrote works on various subjects, all profoundly erudite. In 1900, following tireless travels throughout Latin America, he returned once more to the Dominican Republic. He was appointed Inspector General of Public Education and applied himself enthusiastically to educational work. He died on 11 August 1903 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. His publications include: Books: Lecciones de Derecho Constitucional Moral Social Articles: Cartas Publicas acerca de Cuba Placido (1872) Peregrinacion de Baycan (1863)

  • 100th anniversary of the birth of Demetrio H. Brid (Panama) (1962)

  • Reference document: 60 EX/13

  • 100th anniversary of the birth of Philip Leonard (Panama) (1962)

  • Reference document: 60 EX/13