At the 37th General Conference of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in Paris, Germany was yesterday elected to the Executive Board of the UN body for four years receiving 165 votes.
Minister of State Cornelia Pieper was delighted with the result:
The election is a sign of confidence in Germany. The excellent result proves the high level of respect Germany enjoys in UNESCO.
The Minister of State went on to say:
Our seat on the Executive Board gives us the opportunity to provide even more active support for UNESCO’s commitment to peace policy in the coming years. We will thus be promoting social participation worldwide, cultural diversity and sustainable development.
Minister of State Cornelia Pieper, who presented Germany’s candidacy and commitment to the UNESCO General Conference last Friday, underscored that Germany was successful not just in the election to the Executive Board but also, two years ago, in the election to the World Heritage Committee.
After the Second World War, UNESCO was one of the first international organizations that the Federal Republic of Germany joined. Today, Germany is one of the largest contributors. Following yesterday’s election in which 27 of the 58 seats were re allocated, Germany is, after a two year absence, once more represented on the Executive Board. The body is responsible for the overall management of UNESCO.