Leeflang speaks for region at Unesco-meeting

PARIS/WILLEMSTAD — The speech of Minister Omayra Leeflang (Education, PAR) today for the General Meeting of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) was well received. After Leeflang’s explanation on the recent survey on the school absenteeism of young lads in the Caribbean education, regional colleagues volunteered her as spokeswoman for the region during a consultation of regional ministers with director-general Koïchiro Matsuura (Japan) later that day.



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During her speech for the General Meeting, Leeflang discussed three subjects. "Our first subject regarded the policy on Papiamento and the related consequences with attention for spelling, and other aspects", Leeflang said en route to her next meeting in Paris. "Afterwards we gave an account of a survey on the school absenteeism of young lads in the Caribbean education. This study was partially financed by Unesco. Ultimately, we informed the General Meeting on the dismantlement of the Netherlands Antilles and the birth of the new lands Curaçao and St. Maarten.
During the plenary meetings, the participating Education-ministers discussed the worldwide subjects that are important for the Unesco, such as ‘investing in order to survive the crisis and continued progress with internationally agreed development goals (IADG’s) including Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) – through actions in education, sciences, culture as well as communication and information’. The functioning of Unesco was then subject of plenary discussion regarding the theme ‘Forming the Unesco in order to become an effective multilateral player in the next ten years including the pursuance of international goals and reforming the United Nations’.

Apart from the keynote speakers, ministers in the conference room repeatedly contended that Unesco should become increasingly more efficient and more result-oriented with more reports and cooperation between the member states. The intervention of the Netherlands in this framework, was supported by various countries.
For that matter, it is expected that the 193 participants of this biennial General Meeting will confirm that Irina Bokova (Bulgaria) will become the next director-general.