JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM – Indonesia was re-elected as a Member of the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the period of 2017-2021 at the election which took place during the 39th General Assembly at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.
Indonesia’s Permanent Delegation to UNESCO Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan, said this is Indonesia’s eighth membership after Indonesia joined UNESCO in 1950. The acquisition of 160 votes in this election or in the top three in the Asia Pacific Group shows that Indonesia has an important tole to take part in the Executive Board.
In order to become a member of the executive board, Indonesia has been appealing for the position since the beginning of 2016. Indonesia also held events such as exhibiting the results of the Indonesian Funds in Trust (IFIT) project and the children’s book distribution of komodo dragons in three languages to all delegates and UNESCO secretariat staff.
In addition, the submission of four Indonesian artworks and the Opening of Pencak Silat Club at UNESCO are all done in October. “The election of Indonesia as a member of the Executive Board will provide a strategic space for Indonesia to contribute in setting the standard done by UNESCO,” said Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan, Friday (11/10/2017).
Indonesia also made a personal approach by visiting or writing to all UNESCO permanent delegations, as well as having lunch with some countries in UNESCO.
The approach of the Indonesian representative office in various countries was conducted intensively in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Culture which finally paid off. Indonesia not only succeeded in entering the Executive Board of UNESCO, but also ranked third in the selection in this Asia Pacific Group.