210th Session of UNESCO’s Executive Board
On December 3, the Saudi Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, HH Princess Haifa Al Mogrin addressed the Organization’s Executive Board to highlight several important topics that matter to the global community.
Composed of 58 Member States, UNESCO’s Executive Board is in charge of examining the Organization’s work program of work on several important themes, from education to cultural heritage, science, tourism, and more.
The Board helps realize a strategy for the coming eight years. The Organization’s Programme and Budget (document C/5) is prepared in the context of an eight-year Medium-Term Strategy. It translates the strategic objectives, policy directions and focus provided by the Medium-Term Strategy for 2014-2021 (document 37 C/4) into concrete thematic and policy-style approaches, drawing main lines of action and associated implementation strategies, and expected results for the five Programme Sectors of UNESCO (Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture, Communication and Information), alongside the Programme-related and Corporate Services.
HH Princess Haifa Al Mogrin stressed Saudi Arabia’s success in holding the G20 Summit this year, despite all the unprecedented challenges arising due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Riyadh Declaration highlights the importance of global collaboration in trying times, as well as the support for equitable access to education for boys and girls worldwide.
She also recalled that the Riyadh communiqué of the G20 summit, highlighting the pivotal role of education in the international policy agenda, citing that comprehensive and fair education for all, particularly young girls, remains the base to form a more fair and prosperous future for humanity while reaffirming Saudi Arabia’s support to the African continent and the Kingdom’s pride to be an early supporter of UNESCO’s mandate to build peace in the minds of men and women.
The Permanent Delegate also reviewed the outcomes of the G20 joint meeting of the Ministers of Culture, the first of its kind in the history of the group, citing the importance of the issues discussed at the leaders’ gathering.
Another notable first was the reactivity of the G20 platform with respect to the Covid-19 pandemic, convening an extraordinary Leaders’ Summit in March to ensure maximum coordination between the globe’s leading economic powers in responding to the pandemic.
HH Princess Haifa insisted on the fact that cultural heritage must be further protected and promoted, setting the example of Saudi Arabia’s recent efforts to protect, promote, and preserve its underwater cultural heritage.