Minister of State Maria Böhmer will head the German delegation at the UNESCO General Conference in Paris. She issued the following statement today (31 October) prior to her departure for the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris:
Seventy‑two years after its founding, UNESCO is facing one of its greatest challenges. It must reorganise and initiate substantial reforms. It must reinvigorate the culture of peace.
Seventy-two years after the founding of UNESCO, globalisation, the digital revolution and climate change are reshaping our world in fundamental ways.
One of the answers to the challenges of our time is a strong UNESCO that is capable of action. Only by joining forces will we be able to travel the ambitious path that lies ahead. Germany is prepared to shoulder responsibility.
The 39th UNESCO General Conference is taking place from 30 October to 14 November. Bringing together the 195 Member States and meeting every two years, the General Conference is UNESCO’s primary decision-making body.
UNESCO was founded in 1945 and is one of 16 legally independent organisations in the United Nations with 195 full and nine Associate Members. The objective of UNESCO’s work is to contribute to the preservation of peace, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue by promoting education, science, culture and communication. The Federal Republic of Germany has been a Member of the United Nations’ specialised agency for education, science, culture and communication since 1951 (the Federal Republic of Germany only joined the United Nations in 1973).