PNG joins Unesco board

National, Normal

The National,Tuesday 08th November 2011

PAPUA New Guinea is among 32 countries that have been elected into the executive board of the United Nations educational, scientific and cultural organisation (Unesco).
The board members are elected to four-year terms on the basis of a geographical allocation.
PNG, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Afghanistan and Pakistan were elected last Wednesday to represent Asia to the Unesco board.
Nigeria, Namibia, EA UN statement said the board members were elected at the ongoing 36th session of the general conference, tasked with determining the agency’s policies and main lines of work.
A major outcome of Unesco’s general conference this year was the admission of Palestine as a full member of the body.
“The move prompted the US to immediately cut funding to the organisation.
“The funding cut has implications for the UN body because the US provides 22% of Unesco’s budget,” the statement said.