India on Wednesday, November 17, was re-elected to the Executive Board of United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for a four-year term.
Taking to Twitter, Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO announced, “India gets re-elected to the Executive Board of UNESCO with 164 votes for the term 2021-25!”
India’s Permanent Member to UNESCO Vishal Sharma appreciated the Member States for electing India to the Executive Board for a new term.
“We thank the Member States of UNESCO for giving India a large number of votes and electing India to the new Executive Board for a new term 2021-2025,” Ambassador Sharma said.
Being one of the three constitutional organs of UNESCO (others being the General Conference and the Secretariat), the Executive Board looks after the overall functioning of UNESCO.
According to data available on UNESCO, the Executive Board examines the program of work for the Organization and corresponding budget estimates submitted to it by the Director-General.
Along with India in Group IV (Asian and Pacific States)- Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Cook Islands, and China were also elected.
India won 164 votes out of 178, followed by Vietnam with 163 votes, the Cook Islands with 154 votes, and China with 153 votes. Whereas, Japan and the Philippines secured 166 and 165 votes respectively.
The Executive Board consists of a total of 58 members and meets twice a year. The Member States are elected to the Executive Board, according to the system of regional grouping where each region is allocated a specific number of seats on the Board.