2 June 2016 – The Philippines and Norway co-chaired the first meeting of Sub-Group 1 of the Working Group (WG) on Governance at UNESCO headquarters.
The meeting was attended by over a hundred Member States and discussed the structure, composition and methods of work of the UNESCO General Conference.
The WG’s task is to formulate recommendations to enhance the efficiency and strategic decision-making processes of UNESCO’s governing bodies.
The Philippines was elected Vice President of the WG on governance, procedures and working methods of the governing bodies of UNESCO at the 38th session of the General Conference in November 2015. Other Vice-Presidents include Angola, Bahrain, Hungary, Norway and Venezuela. The President of the General Conference, Mr. Stanley Simataa of Namibia, serves as President of the WG.
PH, together with Norway, were designated to co-chair the two Sub Groups of the WG (Sub-Group 1: General Conference and Executive Board, and Sub-Group 2: intergovernmental bodies and committees) throughout the course of 2016-2017.
Mr. Jesus Enrique Garcia II, Deputy permanent Delegate, co-chaired the meeting as representative of the Philippines.