The 34th UNESCO general conference ended November 2, 2007. It was marked by the adoption of the organization’s strategy for the six years ahead and its new program and budget for 2008 and 2009.
Every two years, the general conference—UNESCO’s supreme ruling body—convenes the representatives of all Member States, which now number 193 since Montenegro’s accession to membership and Singapore’s return. Close to 4,000 participants—including ten heads of state and government and more than 270 ministers and deputy ministers—attended this session at the organization’s headquarters from October 16 to November 2, which was presided by George N. Anastassopoulos, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Hellenic Republic to UNESCO.
The UNESCO press release notes that, in keeping with the general conference’s constitutional role to “determine the policies and the main lines of work of the organization,” it reviewed the full range of organization programs and adopted UNESCO’s medium term strategy for 2008 to 2013 as well as its program and budget for 2008–2009.
UNESCO adds that, “The strategy, conceived to evolve, sets out five priorities: Attaining life long quality education for all, mobilizing science knowledge and policy for sustainable development, addressing emerging ethical challenges, fostering cultural diversity and intercultural dialog, and building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication.”
To learn more about the results of the recent UNESCO general conference, we invite you to read the press release issued by UNESCO at the end of the event. Or visit the general conference section on the UNESCO website.