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Belarus warns against politicizing UNESCO

Politics 16.10.2019 | 09:28
Photo courtesy of the Belarusian Embassy in France
Photo courtesy of the Belarusian Embassy in France

MINSK, 15 October (BelTA) – Belarus' delegation called on UNESCO member states to avoid politicizing the organization as Belarus took part in the 207th session of the UNESCO Executive Board in Paris, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Embassy in France.

Belarus' delegation is led by Belarus' Ambassador to France and Permanent Representative to UNESCO Igor Fisenko. “Addressing the attendees, the head of the Belarusian delegation urged all member states to refrain from politicizing the UNESCO activities and to focus on promoting science, education and culture around the world in line with the mandate and spirit of UNESCO,” the embassy noted.

Speaking at the plenary session, Belarus' permanent representative mentioned the successful conduct of the 2nd European Games in Minsk and emphasized their importance for promotion of sports and maintaining peace in the world. He noted that on 3-4 September Minsk hosted the international high-level conference on countering terrorism through innovative approaches and the use of new and emerging technologies. The conference was arranged jointly by Belarus and the UN Secretariat.

The session of the UNESCO Executive Board is taking place in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 10-23 October. The participants of the session discuss reforms in UNESCO and preparations for the forthcoming 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference due in November 2019, as well as the budget for 2020-2021.

Belarus was elected to the UNESCO Executive Board at the 39th session of the UNESCO General Conference in 2017.

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