PH Deputy Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Aileen S. Mendiola-Rau during the 211th Session of the UNESCO Executive Board
13 April 2021, Paris – Philippine Deputy Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Aileen S. Mendiola-Rau delivered the Philippine national statement at the opening plenary of the 211th Session of the UNESCO Executive Board.
Noting that over 821 million learners are still affected by the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Deputy Permanent Delegate Mendiola-Rau called on UNESCO to be more responsive in meeting the demands of the future and to facilitate the education and lifelong learning process so both youth and adults can develop new competencies and be fit to face the future.
Deputy Permanent Delegate Mendiola-Rau advocated UNESCO’s continued mainstreaming of futures literary into the educational system so that no one is left behind and opportunities for learning will continue to be made available to those who are vulnerable, the forcibly displaced, the poor, and those in places affected by COVID-19. She also noted that digital transformation and innovation will be best achieved once allocation of funds is prioritized and adjusted.
In her statement, she also underscored the importance of Global Citizenship Education to combat hate and racism, with the aim of shaping inclusive multicultural societies.
Deputy Permanent Delegate Mendiola-Rau said that the Philippines welcomes UNESCO’s recommendations on Open Science and the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and expressed the hope that these recommendations will reap concrete benefits particularly for developing countries like the Philippines.
She also brought forward the proposal to generate discussion in UNESCO on the ocean-climate nexus which impacts on the conservation and preservation of natural and cultural heritage, disaster risk reduction and mitigation, and environmental protection.
She highlighted that “the Philippines will continue to strengthen its partnership with its local and international partners in promoting freedom of expression, press freedom, safety of journalists, and the right to access information, both online and offline.”
Noting the above, she mentioned that the Philippines stands ready to cooperate to ensure that UNESCO can be an agile organization ready to address new challenges.
Deputy Permanent Delegate Mendiola-Rau concluded by stating: “now more than ever, we should move away from the silo approach when we work on programs promoting education, culture, and science. Treatment of health and social issues should similarly move away from this silo approach. A transversal approach, one which cuts across sectors and considers human rights, is imperative to ensure a people-centered growth.”
“UNESCO must continue mainstreaming futures literary into the educational system so that no one is left behind and opportunities for learning will continue to be made available to those who are vulnerable, the forcibly displaced, the poor, and those in places affected by COVID-19.”
|Aileen S. Mendiola-Rau|
|Philippine Deputy Permanent Delegate|