Poland becomes member of UNESCO Executive Board

Poland was elected a member of the UNESCO Executive Board during the 40th United Nations General Conference on Education, Science and Culture held in Paris on November 20, the Polish Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday.

The ministry noted that Poland, as a member of the UNESCO Executive Board, will participate in the decision-making process regarding reforms that will determine the future shape of the organisation. The membership will also allow further effective implementation of Poland's priorities, including the protection of world heritage and promotion of Polish achievements in the fields overseen by UNESCO.

The Executive Board is one of the three UNESCO bodies set up by the Constitutional Act. It is the most important intergovernmental body that supervises the implementation of the UNESCO programme and budget, and gives opinions on all relevant decisions.

The board consists of 58 countries elected by the General Conference for a four-year term. Half of them are replaced every two years.