Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has been elected a vice-president of the 40th Session of the UNESCO General Conference, which is underway in Paris, France.
The General Conference, which happens every two years, brings together the 193 members of UNESCO to decide on the policies and work of the organisation.
Grange was elected vice-president in her absence. She will leave Jamaica tomorrow to participate in the conference as well as the meeting of the powerful UNESCO Executive Board.
The 58-member board is responsible for the overall management of UNESCO. Jamaica is serving the Board on a four-year term, which will end in 2021.
Grange said she was “delighted by the news” of her election as vice president for the conference, adding that it is another opportunity “to serve and to ensure that the voices of countries from the Caribbean and Latin America as well as Small Island Developing States are heard and that we all benefit from UNESCO’s work”.
Her election follows her just-concluded successful two-year term as chair of the UNESCO Committee on Conventions and Recommendations; and her recent re-election as vice chair of the Culture Committee of the Organisation of American States.
While in Paris, the minister will also serve as a panellist at a high-level meeting of ministers of culture.