ZAMBIA ASSUMES CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICA SUB REGION UNDER AFRICA GROUP,UNESCO
Paris-Monday February 6th, 2023
Zambia has assumed the chairmanship of Southern Africa, a sub-region under Africa Group at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for the period 2023.
During the plenary held in Paris, Zambia also took up the role as vice chair with Angola securing the slot for Chair of the Africa Group at UNESCO.
This entails that the country will be representing the subregion on the Bureau of UNESCO Africa Group and will play a key role in proposing and supporting decisions for the benefit of African Member states to UNESCO and ensure that their interests are prioritised by the United Nations Agency.
The assumption of the chairmanship of the sub-region has also strategically positioned Zambia to promote the necessary conditions to help Africa benefit from projects that will allow a multisectoral sustainable development of the continent.
Zambia will also take a leading role to promote and defend African positions on issues of common interest during the general conference to be held this year.
Earlier, during the sub region meeting, Zambia’s Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Her Excellency Dr Christine Kaseba Sata pledged to strengthen relations and cooperation among members of the group and UNESCO and thanked South Africa the outgoing chair of the sub region for his dedication to duty.
UNESCO is a global leader in matters of education, science, culture and communication and information.
It coordinates efforts towards achievement of sustainable development goal number 4 on education.
The organisation has important programs such as basic, water ecological and earth sciences.
UNESCO also supports countries in formulating effective youth and sport policies while coordinating global efforts in the fight against doping in sport.
The UN Agency further promotes preservation of cultural and natural heritage as well as intangible cultural heritage.
Regarding communication and information, UNESCO has programs such as the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) which is key in promoting media development, freedom of expression and safety of journalists.
Naomi Ng’andu Mweemba
First Secretary Press and Public Relations