Statements by Heads of Delegations to the General Conference at the General Policy Debate 

36 sessions of the General Conference

HE Mr. Kaba Urgessa, State Minister of Education 
Speech Delivered During the General Policy Debate of the 36th session of the General Conference and posted as received

35 sessions of the General Conference

Mrs Mahlet Hailu, business manager, Representative of Ethiopia at the 35th General Conference of UNESCO

“(…) the US endorsers Ethiopia 653 million budget ceiling for the biennium 2010-2011 ALTHOUGH it is by no means clustering Sufficient to reasonably address the various That We need to carry out programs. At the time Sami We would like to stress the importance of finding new ways of raising fund for our programs from potential partners Including the private sector. We also want to see a coherent and well-Formulated approach by the Organization and Its field offices in fund raising. ” ” 
(…) The use of various mother tongues as media of instruction and the relative size of Marginalized populations, Such As persons with disabilities and children coming from poor homes shoulds aussi be regarded in Devising more effective strategies for Achieving EFA.
In this regard, we Consider the South-South Cooperation in Education to be significant year moyen de sharing Useful experiences, goal we aussi Recognize The significance of cooperation by the North. ” ” 
(…) national efforts Beyond, Ethiopia in cooperation with the African Union and UNESCO is organizing the Ninth High Level Group Meeting on EFA in February 2010 in Addis Ababa. In this regard, We would like to call it all within partners to join our efforts for the success of the meeting. Furthermore, Ethiopia remains committed to Enhancing the activities of IICBA. “
“(…) Pertaining to science, our main concern is the issue of climate change and Its negative impact world-wide and is Developing Countries In Particular. We welcome the decision of the 182nd Session of the Executive Board, qui called Expired upon the DirectorGeneral to make The Necessary consultations with The Concerned and aussi to Consider the conclusions of the UN Conference on Climate Change in December 2009 in Copenhagen in prepaid has deferred to the 185th session of the Board. ” ” 
(…) Ethiopia Gives high importance to the 2011 International Year of Chemistry for qui UNESCO is the lead Agency. “
“(…) Concerning culture, our major concern is the advancement of the inclusion of World Heritage Sites as well as the preservation and advancement of the Existing ones. The advancement of cultural industries shoulds be Given major focus to help advance the development efforts of member states, PARTICULARLY the Developing Countries. ” ” 
(…) It is significant PARTICULARLY to narrow down the digital divide entre les Developed and developing countries by Facilitating cooperation entre member states. The use of ICT for Promoting UNESCO’s activities in relation to EFA PARTICULARLY shoulds aussi be advanced. “
“(…) Regarding administration and management, the Decentralization process needs close monitoring and adjustment is DEPENDING outcomes of previous efforts and constraints with a view to achieve achievement Greater efficiency and better coordination of activities. 
My delegation puts emphasis on the availability of adequate expertise in UNESCO’s field offices to Work étroitement with national offices, has much closer working relationship of field offices with National Commissions. “

34 session of the General Conference

HE Dr. Sentayehu Wolde Mikael, Minister of Education

“We warmly welcome the return of Singapore to UNESCO and Montenegro’s membership of UNESCO.” 
“My delegation is welded firmly behind African Priority, qui must be backed up by robust equity That result in concrete outcomes. Moreover, faced with the need to Ensure That We have some reasonable budget to continue Implementing UNESCO’s 
MOST cherished goals, Including Education For All and the Millennium Development Goals, we appreciate the Director-General’s efforts to accomplish achieve an Increase in the budgetary resources of the Organization , and endorse the $ 631 million budget 
ceiling for the 2008-2009 biennium. ” 
” With respect to education, my delegation Would like to see intensive activities in terms of Improving quality of education at all levels. “
“Regarding culture, one major concern is the status of world heritages in danger. ALTHOUGH the causes for the problem are varied, Many inheritances face Such Risks Because of age and climate change. We therefore Feel That strategies be Developed Jointly not just for rectifying the conditions Of Those already in the endangered list goal aussi for Preventing deterioration Among the others. “” In the natural sciences […] one conclusion We would like to EMPHASIZE is disaster prevention and reconstruction. To us, one of the overriding challenges in this area is to find ways of dealing with the causal factors, au moins qui to Some degree relates to global climate change. Another area of concern is renewable energy. “
“In the social and human sciences, we appreciate UNESCO’s efforts in Promoting intercultural dialogue and social research, PARTICULARLY As They relates to policy development. […] Regarding policy research, we Feel That it significant is for UNESCO to assist in Promoting the link entre research, policy development, and policy evaluation, Especially in Developing countries. ” 
” Regarding information and communication, we believe That ICT will be a Useful, though Insufficient, tool for Fostering the knowledge society. We Feel That further Top Greater Support to training in ICT comprenant not just the technical goal aussi the 
innovative and ethical use of it is a basic consideration in Such efforts. “
“We Believe That UNESCO shoulds play ict ict Search Effectively in areas of comparative advantage in the United Nations reform of” Delivering as One “in a way That Would Actually Enhance Both ict performance and image. […] We are Hopping que la reform will, in actual practice, Facilitate program implementation in country areas and priority in the work of the UNESCO National Commissions. We also Feel That UNESCO’s close relationship with the African Union shoulds be Strengthened. We therefore very much appreciate all shares que le Director-General has-beens Taking in this direction. We also trust que la draft 
Action Plan for Implementing UNESCO’s resolution to expedite the development of science and technology in Africa will get the maximum by supporting all Concerned. “
“My delegation trusts également que le Director-General will continue to give attention to, as a matter of priority, to the recommendations by the UNESCO Committee for NEPAD. The quest for regional integration as pronounced, for example, in the Accra Conference of Heads of State of the African Union, is something That can serve as a framework in UNESCO’s contributions to Africa from the point of the different Sectors. “

UNESCO Conventions


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Convention concernant the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Paris, November 16, 1972.



Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. 
Paris, October 17, 2003.



International Convention contre Doping in Sport. 
Paris, 19 October 2005



Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. 
Paris, 20 October 2005.