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24.01.2013 - ODG

The Director-General holds a new round of consultation meetings on the preparation of the new Medium-Term Strategy

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The Director-General is currently holding consultation meetings with Member States on the elaboration of the new Medium-Term Strategy for 2014-2021 and the Budget and Programme for 2014-2017 (37 C/4 and C/5).

This new round of meetings is twofold:

1. Thematic Debates:

A series of thematic debates on specific cross-cutting issues that lie at the heart of the elaboration of the new Medium-Term Strategy, in line with the decision of the Executive Board on the preliminary proposals (see document 190 EX/19). In late 2012, the Director-General organized three thematic debates on topics of vital importance to Member States: Youth, Social Inclusion and Knowledge Societies. A fourth meeting was held on Tuesday, 22 January 2013, on the theme of Water, a core issue for UNESCO, including as lead agency for the 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation.

Speeches of the Director-General on the thematic debates

Concept notes on the thematic debates

2. Political Consultations

The Director-General has stepped up the pace of consultation meetings with Member States and with Regional Electoral Groups. After meeting with the countries of Group I (Western European and North American States) Group II (Eastern European States), Group IV a (African States), as well as Latin American and Caribbean countries (GRULAC), Irina Bokova met with members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) during a working lunch. Further consultation meetings are planned, including with countries of Asia and the Pacific Group (ASPAC), to be held after the information meeting with the Member States of the Executive Board, and also with the Group of Arab States.

The objective of these exchanges is to discuss in depth the next C/4 and C/5 in order to incorporate the ideas and concerns of Member States. This process includes also exchanges and discussions within the Secretariat, between the Director-General, Assistant Directors-General (ADG) and members of the Senior Management Team. In addition, working sessions between the Assistant Director-General for Strategic Planning (ADG/BSP), in charge of coordinating the process, and different ADGs, programme managers and members of the Secretariat are being held regularly.

The Director-General will continue these consultations and exchanges to gather the views of all members of the UNESCO family in the elaboration of the next Medium-Term Strategy C4.


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