Bangladesh elected to UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee
Paris, July 8: Bangladesh has been elected to the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the next 4 years (2022-2026).
The fact that Bangladesh was elected to the committee of this international organization added another feather to the crown of Bangladesh's success in the international arena. As a result, Bangladesh will be able to play a significant role in the preservation of the Asia-Pacific region in terms of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the member countries of the 2003 UNESCO Convention.
Bangladesh was elected to the intergovernmental committee for four years during the ninth general meeting held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France on Wednesday, July 6. Apart from Bangladesh, other countries selected from the Asia-Pacific region are India, Vietnam and Malaysia.
Apart from Khandaker M Talha, Ambassador of Bangladesh to France and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to UNESCO, Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture Md. Abul Mansur and Joint Secretary Md. Fahimul Islam also participated in the UNESCO General Assembly on ICH.
Out of a total of 180 member countries in the six electoral groups of the ICH, 12 countries are represented by different countries in the vacancy. Apart from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Malaysia and Thailand are competing for 4 (four) vacancies in the Asia-Pacific Electoral Group 4. Earlier, Iran and Pakistan were scheduled to contest in addition to the six other countries, but they withdrew from the election at the last minute.
The decision was taken by the Ministry of Culture to contest this election in 2020 and it was informed to the UNESCO authorities through the Bangladesh Embassy in France.