23 Jun 2016


Group Picture of Participants at the 3rd Interregional Meeting of National Commissions for UNESCO 

The 3rd Interregional Meeting of National Commissions for UNESCO was held in Shanghai, China, 13-15 June 2016.  116 countries participated at the meeting.  Some of the topics discussed were:

  • The Role of National Commissions in the implementation of the Agenda 2030,
  • Youth and prevention of violent extremism,
  • Protection of our common heritage in the event of armed conflict or natural disaster initiatives and reflections,
  • Strengthening of Public and Private PartnershipsDuring the Regional meeting of National Commission for UNESCO, the Latin America and Caribbean Associate and Member States reemphasized that Small Island Development States (SIDS) needs to become a Global Priority of UNESCO in addition to Africa and Gender Equality with the confirmation of the SIDS Action Plan at the (199 session) of the Executive Board and the outcome of the COP 21.Some of the regional priorities of these countries were:

Consultations were also held with member states for the preparation of UNESCO Draft Programme and Budget for 2018-2021 during the plenary session and in the separate regional meetings.

    • Quality Education
    • Capacity Building and training to implement culture convention and policies as outlined in the regional work plan for culture in LAC 2016-2021 which was supported and signed by the Ministers of the Region
    • Climate Change with special focus on SIDS
    • What needs to be Addressed is the issue of the aging population which relates to goal # 3 of SDG’s – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
    • Preservation of documentary heritage via memory of the world program