Lithuania’s candidacy to the UNESCO Executive Board was presented to ambassadors

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2021 07 02

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The Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landbergis and the Vice-Minister of Education, Science and Sport Agnė Kudarauskienė presented Lithuania’s candidacy to the UNESCO Executive Board in 2021–2025 to ambassadors accredited to Lithuania.

The remote meeting with the representatives of foreign countries’ diplomatic or consular missions accredited to Lithuania was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

While introducing Lithuania’s candidacy to the ambassadors, the Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys emphasised that the UNESCO World Heritage List is one of the most prominent and important branches of UNESCO’s activities which demonstrates the commitment and solidarity of the world’s countries in the protection of significant objects of cultural and natural heritage for the future generations.   

“Lithuania is also committed to this important idea; therefore, I am delighted to remind you in this context that our country, whose four objects have already become a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, has already submitted a nomination application for a fifth object to be included: the Kaunas modernist architecture”, the Minister of Culture said.

Kairys also highlighted Lithuania’s aim to actively participate in the development of greater accessibility of digital content and digital data of cultural heritage.

“The know-how and voice of the experts are critical to UNESCO’s success. For this reason, if Lithuania is elected to the UNESCO Executive Board, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania will be prepared to cooperate in the strengthening of the experts’ role in UNESCO’s decision-making process. We are prepared to listen to every country and work together while improving the UNESCO Executive Board’s work on the implementation of UNESCO’s mission,“ Kairys said.

Lithuania’s candidacy to the UNESCO Executive Board for the term of 2021–2025 was approved in the government’s meeting in 2018. The Executive Board is one of the three management organs of UNESCO specified in the organisation’s Constitution, along with the General Conference and the Secretariat. The Executive Board meets 3 times a year and consists of 58 member states elected for a four-year period in accordance with regional distribution. Countries are divided into six electoral groups. Lithuania belongs to the second electoral group and is nominated to one of the three seats allocated to the second electoral group in 2021. Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine have also submitted their candidacies in the group.

Lithuania was a member of the Executive Board in 1997–2001, 2005–2009 and 2015–2019. New members to the Executive Board will be elected by secret ballot during the 41st session of the UNESCO General Conference in November of 2021.