Sri Lanka was elected to the Executive Board of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) for the period 2015-2019 receiving 149 votes at the 38th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO in Paris on Wednesday (11th November).
The country was placed third amongst the Asia –Pacific group after Malaysia and Vietnam ahead of the Republic of Korea, Pakistan, and Iran. The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, will represent Sri Lanka as chairperson at this august assembly.
The Executive Board comprises 58 member States and oversees the overall management of the body. The functions and responsibilities of the Executive Board are derived primarily from the Constitution and from the rules and directives laid down by the General Conference.