Indonesia was elected as a member of the UNESCO Executive Board

Indonesia was elected to the Executive Council (EB) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for 2017-2021. The election process took place in the 39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris, France, on Wednesday (8/11). Along with India, Japan, China, Philippines, and Bangladesh, Indonesia was elected to the EB UNESCO from the Asia Pacific group.

"This achievement is ​strategic for Indonesia, to contribute to UNESCO's standard-setting," said Indonesian Ambassador/ Permanent Representative of Indonesia to UNESCO, Dr. Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan.

As EB member, Indonesia will have a better opportunity articulate national interests and take part in UNESCO decision-making. Indonesia's victory is linked to the achievements and diplomacy of Indonesia in UNESCO.

The EB UNESCO, together with the UNESCO General Conference, is the key decision-making body of UNESCO for global education, culture, science, and communication​ cooperation. The EB also regulates matters relating to UNESCO management, mainly in the areas of budget and administration. Indonesia has been recognized by UNESCO as a major country in the promotion and preservation of culture. Indonesia's wayang, keris, batik, angklung, noken, ​​Borobudur and Prambanan temples, also Saman dance and Balinese Dance have been inscribed in UNESCO's list of intangible culture and heritage site. (kw/pn)