Hungary rejoins UNESCO executive board after a ten-year hiatus

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After a ten-year absence, the 40th General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has again voted to include Hungary in its executive board, a fact hailed by Hungary as a recognition of its international diplomatic activities.

“The result is a good indication of the international recognition of our country’s diplomatic activities within one of the oldest institutions of the United Nations,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman Máté Paczolay said in a statement to national news agency MTI.

UNSECO has 193 member states and 11 associated members. The organization’s permanent executive board consists of 58 member states, elected to four-year terms of office. The board consists of countries, not indivuduals, but in practice each board member state delegates one representative and one alternate representative to the executive board.

The board’s main duty is to discuss and negotiate key decisions.

Hungary has now been elected member of the board for the 2019-2023 period at the General Conference held between Nov. 12-27

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