The Kingdom of Morocco has officially taken over the chairmanship of the Arab Group of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), for a one-year term.
A handover ceremony between the Ambassador of Egypt to France, Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Ehab Badawy, whose country chaired the group in 2019, and the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to UNESCO, Samir Addahre, took place this Tuesday in Paris where UNESCO is headquartered.
“I had the pleasure and the honor of being invested as president of the Arab group within UNESCO. It’s a rotating presidency and I succeed my Egyptian colleague. For a year, I will ensure coordination within this group for all questions related to UNESCO, trying each time to bring out the consensus within this group”, said the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to UNESCO.
“Sometimes it is difficult and it is therefore the job of the president to try, through a diplomatic, consensual, unifying approach, to be open to everyone in order to bring out the consensus within this group”, he indicated.
The President also has the task of coordinating concrete actions to serve the interests of the Arab Group in everything related to UNESCO’s mandate, be it in terms of culture, education or the question of Human Rights, scientific research….
“It is a long-term job but just as exciting and I am happy to tackle it as soon as possible,” said Samir Addahre, stressing that the Group has many projects. “Obviously, there are things on which it is easy to build consensus when it comes to scientific research, artificial intelligence, education. I think that on these subjects we can move forward with all the Arab countries that are members of the group,” added Addahre.
“We will also think together about projects that could interest each other. And when the difficulties arise, it will also be up to the president to bring together the points of view of each other,” said the Moroccan diplomat.
The Arab group is one of the six most active electoral groups (groupings of member states for Executive Council elections) with 19 states. His presidency was held in 2019 by Egypt.
The Arab group of UNESCO is involved in all activities, particularly those on heritage and education. The group also makes the safeguarding of Palestinian heritage a major focus of its action within UNESCO.