Pakistan has been re-elected to the executive board of United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation on Wednesday. Dr. Muhammad Faisal, the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed in a tweet.
The spokesperson added that Pakistan was re-elected after bagging 154 votes out of 180 votes in the election held in Paris yesterday. He hailed Pakistan’s inclusion on the UNESCO’s board, asserted that it is the ‘affirmation of the trust that the international community repose in Pakistan and our contribution to UNESCO.
#Pakistan gets re-elected to the @UNESCO Executive Board, securing 154 votes in the elections held in Paris this evening.
This success is another affirmation of the trust that the international community reposes in Pakistan and our contributions to the important work of @UNESCO
— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) November 20, 2019
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also cherished Pakistan’s achievement in a tweet. FM Qureshi described the remarkable achievement as a testimony to the country’s relentless contribution to harnessing international contribution in the fields of education, science, and culture.
Election to the UNESCO Executive Board this evening in Paris is a testimony to Pak’s stellar contributions in promoting Int'l cooperation in the fields of edu, science & culture. I commend the MoFA, Amb. Moin & his team for their hardwork & congratulate them on this achievement.
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) November 20, 2019
Also, Pakistan’s Ambassador to France, Moin-ul-Haq celebrated Pakistan’s re-election on UNESCO’s board, calling it a recognition of Pakistan’s strong resolve towards achieving UNESCO’s goals.
The reports say Pakistan will remain on the UNESCO’s board for the next four years (2019-2023) following its re-election.
Appreciably, Pakistan has been a member of the UNESCO’s executive board since 1978. UNESCO’s General Conference elects the members of the executive boards based on regional grouping.
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The increased trust of the international community seems to pan out from Pakistan’s increased efforts to engage with UNESCO, related organizations and the international community, which is yielding positive consequences for Pakistan.
Recently, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation included Lahore in its list of Creative Cities. The list features 66 countries from different continents that are working for cultural and political innovation. Lahore has been declared the ‘Creative City’ less than a year after the head of UNESCO City of Literature highlighted Lahore’s suitability for the program at the Lahore Literary Festival.
#Pakistan secured 154 votes out of 180 cast in an election held at #UNESCO Headquarters in Paris https://t.co/3vjnPmKr8r pic.twitter.com/seFvZfWWiO
— Radio Pakistan (@RadioPakistan) November 21, 2019
While Lahore is the hub of cultural and entertainment activities in the country Lahore’s designation as the City of Literature is beneficial for the boost of tourism in Pakistan.
The inclusion in UNESCO’s list will internationalize the city, boost its cultural importance around the world and will attract internationally-acclaimed global literary figures to Pakistan, encouraging the soft image of the country.