Trinidad and Tobago Tops Region in UNESCO Executive Elections

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Takes its place on the world body for first time in 16 years

 PARIS, UNESCO – Nov. 13, 2013: For the first time in 16 years Trinidad and Tobago will sit on the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. See Trinidad and Tobago National Statement to UNESCO 

Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission, Dr Kris Rampersad is representing Trinidad and Tobago at the first meeting of the executive board to take place on November 22, 2013 in Paris which follows the UNESCO General Assembly in Paris currently in progress.
 Trinidad and Tobago received the highest number of votes in the Latin America and Caribbean (GRULAC) UNESCO regional division in the elections of the UNESCO Executive Board held in Paris, France, last week.
Of seven candidates contesting six seats in the GRULAC group , the six now on the Executive Board are Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Belize, Argentina and St Kitts/Nevis. They were among the twenty eight new members who were voted in at the elections held at UNESCO Headquarters this week.
President of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO and Minister of Education, Dr Tim Gopeesingh was thrilled at the electoral results. Thanking everyone for their support He stated:
“After 16 years since it was last represented on this board, Trinidad and Tobago is ready to take its place on the Executive Board as a leader in the GRULAC region and consolidate national and regional activities through UNESCO to benefit our populations, the main agenda-setting organ of UNESCO.  Already, we have presented to UNESCO a concept for deepening and broadening the inclusion of special needs children – which amount to about 30 percent of the world’s children – into the education, and by extension, other social systems. Through our involvement on the Executive Board, we will be working towards the realisation of this, as well as strengthening UNESCO’s work in the region to other aspects of the education sector, as well as heritage and culture, communications and science,” he said.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Ambassador John Sandy said the involvement of Trinidad and Tobago in the main decision making organ of UNESCO will certainly help enhance its already very favourable image and profile in the UNESCO world, and presents an opportunity to deepen engagement and expand partnerships with other regions. “Victory came because of great team effort, not only among us on team Trinidad and Tobago, but also in our leadership of negotiations with the rest of the region, CARICOM and individual candidates,” he said.  
The keenly contested elections, involved intense behind-the-scenes negotiations which resulted in the Caribbean sub-sector presenting a “clean slate” including Trinidad and Tobago, Belize and St Kitts/Nevis to the UNESCO electoral community.

“That the highest numbers voted for Trinidad and Tobago in the GRULAC group suggests the tremendous faith and confidence the UNESCO world and the region have in our country and the leadership, vision, programmes and policies we have been presenting to UNESCO,” said national commission chair, Dr Kris Rampersad. “From the international spread of votes, it also indicates the high esteem in which the rest of the UNESCO world also involving Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East hold our country  This year our National Commission launched what will be one of its flagship projects – Leading for Literacy – which taps into the entire education system through strengthening leadership skills of principals and teachers towards improving literacy levels, and now the President has asked that we also prioritise further inclusion of special needs children.  We look forward to deepening our engagement with UNESCO for the benefit of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and the wider GRULAC region, working in partnership with our counterparts on the executive board. The congratulations are still coming in and there is a tremendous amount of good will and expectations from among our counterparts about our admission to the board.”
Trinidad and Tobago was represented at the elections by Ambassador John Sandy, Permanent Representative to UNESCO based in Geneva; Dr Kris Rampersad, Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO and Ms Susan Shurland, Secretary General of the National Commission. Minister of Education, Dr Tim Gopeesingh, who led the four member delegation returned to Trinidad on November 12.
The Executive Board, which comprises 58 members, is one of the three constitutional organs of UNESCO (others are the General Conference and Secretariat) charged with examining UNESCO’s programme of work and budget estimates submitted to it by the Director-General. It makes recommendations on the admission of new States, for the appointment of the Director
General and summons international and non-governmental conferences on education, the sciences and the humanities.
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  1. Ambassador John Sandy, Trinidad and Tobago’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO based in Geneva and Dr Kris Rampersad, Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO, vote at the elections for the UNESCO Executive Board at UNESCO headquarters, Paris, France.  
  2.  Caption: (L-R) President of the National Commission for UNESCO Minister of Education, Dr Tim Gopeesingh; Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO, Dr Kris Rampersad; Secretary General Ms Susan Shurland; and Permanent Delegate of Trinidad and Tobago to UNESCO, Ambassador John Sandy in a planning meeting at UNESCO General Assembly, Paris. 

T&T Tops Region At Election To UNESCO Executive Board

Dr Kris Rampersad, Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO

Ambassador John Sandy, Trinidad and Tobago’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO based in Geneva and Dr Kris Rampersad, Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO, vote at the elections for the UNESCO Executive Board at UNESCO headquarters, Paris, France.

Ambassador John Sandy, Trinidad and Tobago’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO based in Geneva and Dr Kris Rampersad, Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO, vote at the elections for the UNESCO Executive Board at UNESCO headquarters, Paris, France.

Takes its place on the world body for first time in 16 years.

PARIS, France — For the first time in 16 years Trinidad and Tobago will sit on the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.
Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission, Dr Kris Rampersad is representing Trinidad and Tobago at the first meeting of the executive board to take place on November 22, 2013 in Paris which follows the UNESCO General Assembly in Paris currently in progress.
 Trinidad and Tobago received the highest number of votes in the Latin America and Caribbean (GRULAC) UNESCO regional division in the elections of the UNESCO Executive Board held in Paris, France, last week.
Of seven candidates contesting six seats in the GRULAC group , the six now on the Executive Board are Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Belize, Argentina and St Kitts/Nevis. They were among the twenty eight new members who were voted in at the elections held at UNESCO Headquarters this week. 
President of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO and Minister of Education, Dr Tim Gopeesingh was thrilled at the electoral results. Thanking everyone for their support He stated:
“After 16 years since it was last represented on this board, Trinidad and Tobago is ready to take its place on the Executive Board as a leader in the GRULAC region and consolidate national and regional activities through UNESCO to benefit our populations, the main agenda-setting organ of UNESCO.  Already, we have presented to UNESCO a concept for deepening and broadening the inclusion of special needs children – which amount to about 30 percent of the world’s children – into the education, and by extension, other social systems. Through our involvement on the Executive Board, we will be working towards the realisation of this, as well as strengthening UNESCO’s work in the region to other aspects of the education sector, as well as heritage and culture, communications and science,” he said.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Ambassador John Sandy said the involvement of Trinidad and Tobago in the main decision making organ of UNESCO will certainly help enhance its already very favourable image and profile in the UNESCO world, and presents an opportunity to deepen engagement and expand partnerships with other regions. “Victory came because of great team effort, not only among us on team Trinidad and Tobago, but also in our leadership of negotiations with the rest of the region, CARICOM and individual candidates,” he said.   
The keenly contested elections, involved intense behind-the-scenes negotiations which resulted in the Caribbean sub-sector presenting a “clean slate” including Trinidad and Tobago, Belize and St Kitts/Nevis to the UNESCO electoral community.
“That the highest numbers voted for Trinidad and Tobago in the GRULAC group suggests the tremendous faith and confidence the UNESCO world and the region have in our country and the leadership, vision, programmes and policies we have been presenting to UNESCO,” said national commission chair, Dr Kris Rampersad. “From the international spread of votes, it also indicates the high esteem in which the rest of the UNESCO world also involving Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East hold our country  This year our National Commission launched what will be one of its flagship projects – Leading for Literacy – which taps into the entire education system through strengthening leadership skills of principals and teachers towards improving literacy levels, and now the President has asked that we also prioritise further inclusion of special needs children.  We look forward to deepening our engagement with UNESCO for the benefit of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and the wider GRULAC region, working in partnership with our counterparts on the executive board. The congratulations are still coming in and there is a tremendous amount of good will and expectations from among our counterparts about our admission to the board.”
Trinidad and Tobago was represented at the elections by Ambassador John Sandy, Permanent Representative to UNESCO based in Geneva; Dr Kris Rampersad, Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO and Ms Susan Shurland, Secretary General of the National Commission. Minister of Education, Dr Tim Gopeesingh, who led the four member delegation returned to Trinidad on November 12.
The Executive Board, which comprises 58 members, is one of the three constitutional organs of UNESCO (others are the General Conference and Secretariat) charged with examining UNESCO’s programme of work and budget estimates submitted to it by the Director-General. It makes recommendations on the admission of new States, for the appointment of the Director General and summons international and non-governmental conferences on education, the sciences and the humanities.
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Three Caribbean countries elected to UNESCO executive board

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Plenary hall of the 34th General Conference of UNESCO with flags
PARIS, France– Three Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have been elected to serve on the 58-member executive board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
 Belize, St. Kitts-Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago will join the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Argentina from the Latin America and Caribbean grouping in the 58-member board.
This is the first time that Port of Spain has been elected to the executive board since 1997. The first meeting of the executive board is due to take place on Friday and Trinidad and Tobago will be represented by the Chair of its National Commission, Dr Kris Rampersad.
 Trinidad and Tobago received the highest number of votes in the Latin America and Caribbean (GRULAC) UNESCO regional division in the elections of the UNESCO Executive Board held here last week.
“After 16 years since it was last represented on this board, Trinidad and Tobago is ready to take its place on the Executive Board as a leader in the GRULAC region and consolidate national and regional activities through UNESCO to benefit our populations, the main agenda-setting organ of UNESCO,” said Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh.
“Already, we have presented to UNESCO a concept for deepening and broadening the inclusion of special needs children – which amount to about 30 percent of the world’s children – into the education, and by extension, other social systems. Through our involvement on the Executive Board, we will be working towards the realisation of this, as well as strengthening UNESCO’s work in the region to other aspects of the education sector, as well as heritage and culture, communications and science,” he said.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Ambassador John Sandy said the involvement of Trinidad and Tobago in the main decision making organ of UNESCO presents an opportunity to deepen engagement and expand partnerships with other regions.
 “Victory came because of great team effort, not only among us on team Trinidad and Tobago, but also in our leadership of negotiations with the rest of the region, CARICOM and individual candidates,” he said.
The keenly contested elections, involved intense behind-the-scenes negotiations which resulted in the Caribbean sub-sector presenting a “clean slate” including Trinidad and Tobago, Belize and St Kitts/Nevis to the UNESCO electoral community.
“That the highest numbers voted for Trinidad and Tobago in the GRULAC group suggests the tremendous faith and confidence the UNESCO world and the region have in our country and the leadership, vision, programmes and policies we have been presenting to UNESCO,” said Rampersad.
The Executive Board, which comprises 58 members, is one of the three constitutional organs of UNESCO charged with examining UNESCO’s programme of work and budget estimates submitted to it by the Director-General.
It makes recommendations on the admission of new States, the appointment of the Director General and summons international and non-governmental conferences on education, the sciences and the humanities.

Trinidad and Tobago tops region in UNESCO Executive elections

posted Nov 17, 2013, 12:28 PM by Kris Rampersad
Takes its place on the world body for first time in 16 years
 PARIS, UNESCO – Nov. 13, 2013

1For the first time in 16 years Trinidad and Tobago will sit on the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission, Dr Kris Rampersad is representing Trinidad and Tobago at the first meeting of the executive board to take place on November 22, 2013 in Paris which follows the UNESCO General Assembly in Paris currently in progress.
 Trinidad and Tobago received the highest number of votes in the Latin America and Caribbean (GRULAC) UNESCO regional division in the elections of the UNESCO Executive Board held in Paris, France, last week.
Of seven candidates contesting six seats in the GRULAC group , the six now on the Executive Board are Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Belize, Argentina and St Kitts/Nevis. They were among the twenty eight new members who were voted in at the elections held at UNESCO Headquarters this week.
President of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO and Minister of Education, Dr Tim Gopeesingh was thrilled at the electoral results. Thanking everyone for their support He stated:

“After 16 years since it was last represented on this board, Trinidad and Tobago is ready to take its place on the Executive Board as a leader in the GRULAC region and consolidate national and regional activities through UNESCO to benefit our populations, the main agenda-setting organ of UNESCO.  Already, we have presented to UNESCO a concept for deepening and broadening the inclusion of special needs children – which amount to about 30 percent of the world’s children – into the education, and by extension, other social systems. Through our involvement on the Executive Board, we will be working towards the realisation of this, as well as strengthening UNESCO’s work in the region to other aspects of the education sector, as well as heritage and culture, communications and science,” he said.Trinidad and Tobago’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Ambassador John Sandy said the involvement of Trinidad and Tobago in the main decision making organ of UNESCO will certainly help enhance its already very favourable image and profile in the UNESCO world, and presents an opportunity to deepen engagement and expand partnerships with other regions. “Victory came because of great team effort, not only among us on team Trinidad and Tobago, but also in our leadership of negotiations with the rest of the region, CARICOM and individual candidates,” he said.
The keenly contested elections, involved intense behind-the-scenes negotiations which resulted in the Caribbean sub-sector presenting a “clean slate” including Trinidad and Tobago, Belize and St Kitts/Nevis to the UNESCO electoral community.

“That the highest numbers voted for Trinidad and Tobago in the GRULAC group suggests the tremendous faith and confidence the UNESCO world and the region have in our country and the leadership, vision, programmes and policies we have been presenting to UNESCO,” said national commission chair, Dr Kris Rampersad. “From the international spread of votes, it also indicates the high esteem in which the rest of the UNESCO world also involving Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East hold our country  This year our National Commission launched what will be one of its flagship projects – Leading for Literacy – which taps into the entire education system through strengthening leadership skills of principals and teachers towards improving literacy levels, and now the President has asked that we also prioritise further inclusion of special needs children.  We look forward to deepening our engagement with UNESCO for the benefit of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and the wider GRULAC region, working in partnership with our counterparts on the executive board. The congratulations are still coming in and there is a tremendous amount of good will and expectations from among our counterparts about our admission to the board.”
Trinidad and Tobago was represented at the elections by Ambassador John Sandy, Permanent Representative to UNESCO based in Geneva; Dr Kris Rampersad, Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO and Ms Susan Shurland, Secretary General of the National Commission. Minister of Education, Dr Tim Gopeesingh, who led the four member delegation returned to Trinidad on November 12.
The Executive Board, which comprises 58 members, is one of the three constitutional organs of UNESCO (others are the General Con

ference and Secretariat) charged with examining UNESCO’s programme of work and budget estimates submitted to it by the Director-General. It makes recommendations on the admission of new States, for the appointment of the Director General and summons international and non-governmental conferences on education, the sciences and the humanities.

For more on UNESCO Executive Election and Executive Board see:

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  1. Ambassador John Sandy, Trinidad and Tobago’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO based in Geneva and Dr Kris Rampersad, Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO, vote at the elections for the UNESCO Executive Board at UNESCO headquarters, Paris, France.  
  2.  Caption: (L-R) President of the National Commission for UNESCO Minister of Education, Dr Tim Gopeesingh; Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO, Dr Kris Rampersad; Secretary General Ms Susan Shurland; and Permanent Delegate of Trinidad and Tobago to UNESCO, Ambassador John Sandy in a planning meeting at UNESCO General Assembly, Paris. 

Three Caribbean countries elected to UNESCO executive board

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Plenary hall of the 34th General Conference of UNESCO with flags
PARIS, France– Three Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have been elected to serve on the 58-member executive board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
 Belize, St. Kitts-Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago will join the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Argentina from the Latin America and Caribbean grouping in the 58-member board.
This is the first time that Port of Spain has been elected to the executive board since 1997. The first meeting of the executive board is due to take place on Friday and Trinidad and Tobago will be represented by the Chair of its National Commission, Dr Kris Rampersad.
 Trinidad and Tobago received the highest number of votes in the Latin America and Caribbean (GRULAC) UNESCO regional division in the elections of the UNESCO Executive Board held here last week.
“After 16 years since it was last represented on this board, Trinidad and Tobago is ready to take its place on the Executive Board as a leader in the GRULAC region and consolidate national and regional activities through UNESCO to benefit our populations, the main agenda-setting organ of UNESCO,” said Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh.
“Already, we have presented to UNESCO a concept for deepening and broadening the inclusion of special needs children – which amount to about 30 percent of the world’s children – into the education, and by extension, other social systems. Through our involvement on the Executive Board, we will be working towards the realisation of this, as well as strengthening UNESCO’s work in the region to other aspects of the education sector, as well as heritage and culture, communications and science,” he said.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Ambassador John Sandy said the involvement of Trinidad and Tobago in the main decision making organ of UNESCO presents an opportunity to deepen engagement and expand partnerships with other regions.
 “Victory came because of great team effort, not only among us on team Trinidad and Tobago, but also in our leadership of negotiations with the rest of the region, CARICOM and individual candidates,” he said.
The keenly contested elections, involved intense behind-the-scenes negotiations which resulted in the Caribbean sub-sector presenting a “clean slate” including Trinidad and Tobago, Belize and St Kitts/Nevis to the UNESCO electoral community.
“That the highest numbers voted for Trinidad and Tobago in the GRULAC group suggests the tremendous faith and confidence the UNESCO world and the region have in our country and the leadership, vision, programmes and policies we have been presenting to UNESCO,” said Rampersad.
The Executive Board, which comprises 58 members, is one of the three constitutional organs of UNESCO charged with examining UNESCO’s programme of work and budget estimates submitted to it by the Director-General.
It makes recommendations on the admission of new States, the appointment of the Director General and summons international and non-governmental conferences on education, the sciences and the humanities.

Trinidad and Tobago to sit on UNESCO executive board for first time in 16 years
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(L-R) President of the National Commission for UNESCO Minister of Education, Dr Tim Gopeesingh; Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO, Dr Kris Rampersad; Secretary General Susan Shurland; and Permanent Delegate of Trinidad and Tobago to UNESCO, Ambassador John Sandy in a planning meeting at UNESCO General Assembly, Paris.


PARIS, France — For the first time in 16 years, Trinidad and Tobago will sit on the executive board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission, Dr Kris Rampersad will be representing Trinidad and Tobago at the first meeting of the executive board to take place on November 22, 2013, in Paris, which follows the UNESCO General Assembly.

Trinidad and Tobago received the highest number of votes in the Latin America and Caribbean (GRULAC) UNESCO regional division in the elections for the UNESCO executive board.

Of seven candidates contesting six seats in the GRULAC group, the six now on the executive board are Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Belize, Argentina and St Kitts-Nevis. They were among the 28 new members who were voted in at the elections held at UNESCO Headquarters.

President of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO and Minister of Education, Dr Tim Gopeesingh was thrilled at the electoral results.

Thanking everyone for their support, he stated: “After 16 years since it was last represented on this board, Trinidad and Tobago is ready to take its place on the executive board as a leader in the GRULAC region and consolidate national and regional activities through UNESCO to benefit our populations, the main agenda-setting organ of UNESCO.”

“Already, we have presented to UNESCO a concept for deepening and broadening the inclusion of special needs children – which amount to about 30 percent of the world’s children – into the education, and by extension, other social systems. Through our involvement on the executive board, we will be working towards the realisation of this, as well as strengthening UNESCO’s work in the region to other aspects of the education sector, as well as heritage and culture, communications and science,” he said.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Ambassador John Sandy said the involvement of Trinidad and Tobago in the main decision making organ of UNESCO will certainly help enhance its already very favourable image and profile in the UNESCO world, and presents an opportunity to deepen engagement and expand partnerships with other regions.

“Victory came because of great team effort, not only among us on team Trinidad and Tobago, but also in our leadership of negotiations with the rest of the region, CARICOM and individual candidates,” he said.

The keenly contested elections involved intense behind-the-scenes negotiations, which resulted in the Caribbean sub-sector presenting a “clean slate” including Trinidad and Tobago, Belize and St Kitts-Nevis to the UNESCO electoral community.

“That the highest numbers voted for Trinidad and Tobago in the GRULAC group suggests the tremendous faith and confidence the UNESCO world and the region have in our country and the leadership, vision, programmes and policies we have been presenting to UNESCO,” said Rampersad. “From the international spread of votes, it also indicates the high esteem in which the rest of the UNESCO world also involving Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East hold our country This year our National Commission launched what will be one of its flagship projects – Leading for Literacy – which taps into the entire education system through strengthening leadership skills of principals and teachers towards improving literacy levels, and now the president has asked that we also prioritise further inclusion of special needs children. We look forward to deepening our engagement with UNESCO for the benefit of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and the wider GRULAC region, working in partnership with our counterparts on the executive board. The congratulations are still coming in and there is a tremendous amount of good will and expectations from among our counterparts about our admission to the board.”

Trinidad and Tobago was represented at the elections by Ambassador Sandy; Rampersad; and Susan Shurland, secretary general of the National Commission. Gopeesingh, who led the four member delegation, returned to Trinidad on November 12.

The executive board, which comprises 58 members, is one of the three constitutional organs of UNESCO (others are the General Conference and Secretariat) charged with examining UNESCO’s programme of work and budget estimates submitted to it by the director-general. It makes recommendations on the admission of new states, for the appointment of the director general and summons international and non-governmental conferences on education, the sciences and the humanities.



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