By Sana Elouazi
By Sana Elouazi
Rabat – Morocco was re-elected to the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the period of 2017-2021, reported the state news agency MAP.
The decision came as a result of the elections that took place on November 8, 2017 on the sidelines of the 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO .
The foreign ministry said in statement that the election of Morocco to this important position within the UN Organization confirms its commitment to the values advocated by UNESCO and reflects the trust and reputation it enjoys among the international community.
“This new success further strengthens Morocco’s position within the United Nations system, and consolidates the kingdom’s credibility and strategic vision in education, science and culture,” added the ministry.
The election is an addition to the latest achievements recorded by the Morocco within the organisation of UNESCO.
In October, Zohour Alaoui, Morocco’s permanent ambassador to UNESCO, was unanimously elected as the first African and Muslim Arab woman president of the organization’s General Conference.
This is also reflected in the appointment of Latifa Taoufik to chair the presidency of UNESCO Appeals Board, in conjunction with the newly appointed Director-General Audrey Azoulay, daughter of Moroccan royal counselor André Azoulay.
Composed of 58 member states with a four-term of office, the Executive Board is one of the three constitutional organs of UNESCO, with the remaining two the General Conference and the Secretariat.
The Executive Board, acting under the constitution, rules and directives laid down by the General Conference, works to ensure the overall management of the organization. It also prepares the work of the General Conference and sees that its decisions are properly carried out.