Serbia becomes UNESCO Executive Council member

Serbia becomes UNESCO Executive Council member

Belgrade, November 12, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Milos Mitrovic

The new members of UNESCO Executive Council have been elected in Paris today. Two days after Kosovo’s failure to become a UNESCO member, Serbia found itself among Council’s new constituents with four years term. Serbia was fiercely opposed to Kosovo’s bid, and while Pristina has announced new candidacy Belgrade believes that presence in Executive Council would enhance its position.

Slovenia, Lithuania and Russian Federation have been elected in Executive Council from the group of Eastern-European countries alongside Serbia. Namely, new members are being chosen from the regional groups and each group has certain number of its own members.

The Western-European and North American group would be represented with six new members – France, Greece, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and United States. Brazil, Mexico, Haiti, Nicaragua and Paraguay are new members from the Latin American and Caribbean region.

The group of Asia-Pacific countries would be represented by six new members, while from the African-Arab group ten countries emerged.

UNESCO’s Executive Council is comparable with government – it takes the most important decisions within the organization’s General Conference’s sessions which take place every two years.

According to Serbian Ambassador to UNESCO, country’s membership in Executive Council would be important considering Kosovo’s aspirations. It would enable Serbia to engage directly at the sessions and decision making process, DarkoTanaskovic (photo) said, according to Radio-Television of Serbia.