Southern Africa secures strong representation on UNESCO Executive Board

Southern Africa secures strong representation on UNESCO Executive Board

Southern Africa got strong representation on the Executive Board of UNESCO with the election of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar on the governing body of the UN agency.
The Executive Board ensures the overall management of UNESCO and prepares the work of the General Conference and sees that its decisions are carried out.
In Electoral Group one Finland, Portugal and Turkey were voted in while in Group two Albania, Belarus and Bulgaria got seats.
In Group three Cuba, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Venezuela were voted in while in Group four Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Philippines got seats.
In Group five A Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Zambia and Zimbabwe pulled enough votes to ensure they got seats.
In Group five B - the three available seats were taken up by Egypt, Jordan and Morocco.
All 184 UNESCO members who were entitled to vote took part in the polling for members of UNESCO's Governing Board.
The Executive Board’s 58 members are elected by the General Conference.
The choice of these representatives is largely a matter of the diversity of the cultures they represent, as well as their geographic origin.