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On October 11, the plenary discussions of the 212nd session of the UNESCO Executive Board opened in Paris. Despite the persisting sanitary and epidemiological restrictions, the meetings are held in person.

The event will consider about 50 agenda items related to the implementation of decisions and resolutions adopted by the Executive Board and the General Conference at previous sessions, as well as financial, administrative and personnel issues.

The focus is on the forthcoming vote on the only candidate for the post of Director-General of UNESCO (Frenchwoman O. Azoulay, currently holding this position), as well as consideration of the draft key planning documents of the Organization – the Medium-Term Strategy for 2022-2029. and the Program and Budget for 2022-2025.

Education will be one of the main topics of the session. In addition to assessing progress towards the relevant sustainable development goal, the adoption of the Strategy for Technological Innovation in Education and the ongoing implementation of UNESCO’s Strategy for Technical and Vocational Education and Training will be discussed. It is planned to discuss the organization in 2022 of the UNESCO World Conference on Culture and Sustainable Development (MONDIAKULT) and the International Decade of Indigenous Languages ​​(2022-2032). Presentations will be made on the further development of the Organization’s global priorities (Africa and gender equality). Special attention will be paid to the problems of eliminating racial discrimination and strengthening the potential of the Slave Route project.

The Executive Board intends to approve the reviews of UNESCO’s Strategy for Action on Climate Change and will consider issues related to the work of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the Information for All Program. Discussions are expected on guidelines for UNESCO’s engagement with youth.

During the session, the Council will take decisions on the proclamation of an International Day for Women in Multilateral Processes and a World Day for Kiswahili, co-sponsored by the Russian Federation.

The session will end on October 20.

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