Assistance for Haiti on UNESCO Executive Board agenda
UNESCO’s Executive Board has begun its 184th session, chaired by Eleonora Mitrofanova (Russian Federation). This session runs from 30 March to 15 April, and will examine the Organization’s contributions to the reconstruction of Haiti, among other priorities.
Besides the very brief 183rd session on 23 November 2009, this is the first meeting of the Executive Board in which Ms Bokova participates as Director-General of UNESCO since her nomination to the post last year.
The Director-General will submit a report to the Board on the impact of the current financial and economic crisis on the efforts of developing countries to achieve Education For All (EFA) goals. Ms Bokova will also present the UNESCO strategy for the second half of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014).
As part of the continued revitalization and strengthening of the role of the NGO Committee, a Round Table will be held on the themes “Violence among young people” and “Violence against women” (31 March – 1 April). Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will also make presentations on their activities illustrating concrete examples of cooperation with UNESCO.
Concerning communication and information, Ms Bokova will report on progress made on relevant action lines of the World Summit on the Information Society, including measures UNESCO has taken to reduce the digital divide.
Finally, the Director-General will present her report on the implementation of the Programme and Budget and on results achieved in the previous biennium (2008-2009). The agenda of the 184th session comprises some 40 items.
During its two yearly sessions, the Executive Board, comprising 58 of the 193 Member states of UNESCO, oversees the execution of the programme adopted by the General Conference, the Organization’s principal decision-making body.
Accredited journalists may cover the plenary sessions only, beginning with the official opening of the 184th Session on Tuesday 6 April.