Sri Lanka on UNESCO executive board

Nov 16, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has been elected to the executive board of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) during the 38th General Conference in Paris, the foreign ministry said.

“Sri Lanka was one of six countries that qualified to serve on the Executive Board from the Asia and Pacific Group for the period 2015-2019, having received 149 out of 186 votes at the election in which there were eight candidate countries,” the Foreign Ministry said.

“The countries which were elected to the Executive Board from the Asia and Pacific Group with Sri Lanka are Malaysia, Viet Nam, Republic of Korea, Pakistan, and Iran

Sri Lanka has served on the Executive Board thrice previously from 1968-1974, 1987-1991 and from 2003-2011.

“The decision to pursue membership in the UNESCO Executive Board was a manifestation of the Government’s policy of renewing engagement with the international community and reaffirmation of the principles of the Government,”the statement added.