Saint Lucia

Joined UNESCO: 06/03/1980

Head of State and/or Government

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and Public Service: The Hon. Allen Chastanet

Permanent Delegation to UNESCO

H. E. Mr Gilbert Chagoury
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate (29/09/1995)

Permanent Delegation of Saint Lucia to UNESCO
Maison de l'UNESCO Bureau MS2.34 1, rue Miollis 75732 PARIS Cedex 15

National Commission for UNESCO

President: The Honorable Dr Gale Rigobert
Secretary-General: Ms Marcia Symphorien

Saint Lucia National Commission for UNESCO
Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development, Youth and Sports 5th Floor, Conway Business Centre Conway, Castries Saint Lucia
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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

Participation in subsidiary organs

Organs elected by the General Conference

Executive Board
Member (Term expires : 2021)

Other intergovernmental organs

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
Member (Term expires : 2018)

Councils of UNESCO's Institutes and Centres

Governing Board of the UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean
Representatives of Member States : Merle St. Claire (Term expires : 37th General Conference)

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

37 session of the General Conference

His Excellency, Mr Robert Lewis, Minister of Education of Saint Lucia

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 Rufina FREDERICK, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Culture 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

H.E. Mr Arsene James, Minister of Education and Culture

“Saint Lucia pays recognition to Mr Matsuura for the sense of purpose with which he undertook his mandate. We congratulate Ms Irina Bokova and look forward to a woman as head of the Organization.”
“While Saint Lucia has achieved 100% universal access to primary and secondary education, Education for All by 2015 and lifelong learning seem only slogans, as we are struggling with the provision of early childhood education, adult education, tertiary and technical vocational education and also meeting the demand for higher education places.”
“Welfare assistance is required for the vulnerable, less fortunate and HIV/AIDS victims. (…) Our boys are underachieving and dropping out of school. They have turned to a culture of frustration, drug abuse, violence and crime. This volatile situation is anticipated to worsen if action is not taken.”
“For sustainable development and reduction of poverty in the Caribbean region, we recommend that UNESCO examines the relevance of education and provides support for the information communication technologies. We further recommend that UNESCO places emphasis on alternative education, second-chance educational opportunities and the diversification of educational programmes to cater for the varying interests, gender issues and special needs students.”
“UNESCO must also provide tangible support for cultural development, research, science and technology for Small Island States like Saint Lucia. UNESCO comprehensive cultural framework emanating from the six international conventions is commendable, but there must be convergence at the country level.”
“Climate change is having a devastating effect on humanity. In this vein, Saint Lucia welcomes the timeliness of standard-setting and negotiations on a Declaration of Ethical Principles.”
“On the one hand, UNESCO international objectives have to be addressed amidst the global financial meltdown, economic crisis, social crisis and food and security crisis. On the other hand, UNESCO’s regular budget is not congruent with these unprecedented times. In the interim, extrabudgetary funds are required and I emphasize for equitable distribution throughout our regions.”

34 session of the General Conference

H.E. Hon. Arsene James, Minister of Education and Culture

Saint Lucia welcomes Singapore and Montenegro.
Saint Lucia insists that the General Conference has to undertake a critical debate regarding extrabudgetary funds since its level is just as significant as the level of regular budgetary funds.
Saint Lucia supports the work of the Internal Oversight Office and the evaluation strategy, and hopes that it will be given adequate financial resources to carry out its work efficiently.
The country has benefited from several UNESCO initiatives including the intersectoral Youth PATH project. Its aim is to promote secure and sustainable livelihoods and youth development. Saint Lucia thank the Director-General for proposing its continuation, though wishes to see the Youth PATH Project explicitly stated in the 35 C/5.
Saint Lucia highlights the work of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission in order to develop the capacity to respond to natural disasters. The country urges to strengthen the financial resources of this Commission.
Saint Lucia was the first Caribbean country to ratify the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. As a member of the Committee, Saint Lucia focuses on transparency and credibility for implementing this Convention. However, Saint Lucia is preoccupied by the excessive politicization of the Committee’s discussions and the lack of representation of the Caribbean Region.
“Saint Lucia is pleased to report that primary and universal secondary education have been attained, but early childhood and higher education are seriously in the want. And now that access has been attained, there is need to ensure quality education.”
Other challenges include literacy, the poor performance of males; support for the underprivileged and disadvantaged groups and teacher training in science, technology and vocational areas. It is important that UNESCO supports the country’s efforts in these areas.
“On the issues of Major Programmes II and III, we had hoped for more innovative and daring recommendations that would have placed UNESCO in a better position to focus on, and deal systematically with new global challenges not addressed by other United Nations agencies.”