Pushing the Ghana Agenda at the UNESCO Executive Board Conference in Paris

The Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum (MP), who doubles as the Minister responsible for UNESCO relations and member of the Executive Board, on Tuesday, 12th October 2021, took his turn to deliver Ghana’s policy statement at the 212th session of the UNESCO Executive Board meeting currently underway at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. Hon. Dr. Adutwum used the opportunity to commend UNESCO’s leadership for the sustained efforts that have ensured the Organization remains relevant to the international community in its areas of competence in the wake of the COVID-19 global health emergency. The Minister conveyed the gratitude of H. E. the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to UNESCO and the international community for the great honour done the people of Ghana by designating the City of Accra as the World Book Capital for 2023. He underscored that the Accra World Book Capital would promote education and tourism and draw international attention to Ghana’s rich heritage in its diverse forms, indigenous knowledge, and culture. He commended UNESCO for including Ghana in the Spotlight Report Series initiative, geared towards accelerating progress in African countries on SDG4 targets. He said Ghana is happy to be included in the 12 countries earmarked in Africa to share experiences and good practices in foundational learning and gender parity in this new program under UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring. In the area of culture and heritage, the Minister informed the Board that the Government of Ghana had taken pragmatic steps to preserve, protect and manage Ghana’s heritage by establishing a broad-based National Heritage Committee as part of a comprehensive strategy to address emerging challenges in Ghana’s heritage resources management, particularly in the context of the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention. In partnership with UNESCO, Ghana is proposing at this session to establish a new Centre of Excellence in Engineering Innovations, Manufacturing and Technology Transfer at the KNUST as part of strategies to accelerate progress on the SDGs. The proposal is expected to be approved by the General Conference of UNESCO in November 2021.The Executive Board of UNESCO ensures the overall management of the Organization. It prepares the work of the General Conference and sees that its decisions are properly carried out.