By Ambrose Gahene
Vietnam Socialist Republic Consular General to Uganda King Agustus Ceasor Mulenga Participated in the (202) Session of the Executive Board of the UNESCO in Paris, France from 9th to 16th October 2017. King Ceasor Mulenga accompanied the Vietnamese delegation as a member of the board, held at the UNESCO headquarters. The agenda of this session included the discussion of a number of topics related to UNESCO’s objectives and priorities, issues relating to the budget and programmes of the organisation, the financial situation, human resources issues, the discussion of strategic results reports and other important issues on the agenda, as well as proposing a candidate for the post of Director-General for the UNESCO for the coming period. On the sidelines of the session, the meetings of the Special Committee were chaired by Ambassador Dr. Samira, during which the reports of the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU), that are of interest to UNESCO, were discussed and the status of implementation of the recommendations and procedures and working methods of UNESCO’s two governing bodies were discussed. The amendment of rule 23 of the rules of procedure of the Executive Board was also discussed.
Vietnam’s candidacy for the post of UNESCO Director-General was represented by Diplomat Pham Sanh Chau, which demonstrates the country’s sense of responsibility to the international community. This is the first time Vietnam has a candidate running for a leading position of a major UN agency. The election campaign has helped the country enhance its position in the international arena while strengthening cooperation with other countries. Chau has campaigned at more than 30 member countries of the UNESCO Executive Board, during which he introduced Vietnam’s history and culture, together with achievements of the Doi Moi (renewal) process and potential for international cooperation. Vietnam marked its 40 years of joining UNESCO on June 15 this year. UNESCO has helped the country access knowledge, technology and global funding to contribute to national construction, as well as fine-tuning laws, Party and State policies and guidelines.
UNESCO has selected France’s Audrey Azoulay as its new director general, diplomatic sources said last Friday. UNESCO’s executive board voted 30 to 28 in favour of Azoulay, who is a former French culture minister, against Qatar’s Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari. The decision will now be put forward for approval to UNESCO’s 195 members on Nov. 10.