27 Oct 2016

Visit of H.E. Mr. Stanley Simataa, President of the UNESCO General Conference

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As part of his visit to Jamaica His Excellency Mr. Stanley Simataa, President of the General Conference of UNESCO visited the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.  Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and Chairperson of JNC-UNESCO warmly welcomed him at a special meeting held in the office.

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Being a member of UNESCO for more than 50 years, Minister Grange reaffirmed Jamaica’s commitment to UNESCO and highlighted its focus on the areas Gender, Youth and Africa. She said that Jamaica is looking forward to increasing its collaboration with UNESCO through “greater and increased cooperation with the Cluster Office, membership on UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Bodies and Committees, continued dialogue on establishing physical presence in Paris, establishing a Category 2 Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Creative Industry and Economy as well as proposing of more World Heritage sites.”

His Excellency Mr. Simataa, speaking as an African, expressed his pleasure to visit Jamaica and enhanced his will to strengthen the connection between UNESCO and its member states. In doing so, he wants to pursuit mutual benefits and aspirations by focusing the attention on common aims.

Also participating in the meeting was Ms Katherine Grigsby, Director of the UNESCO Caribbean Cluster Office, Mr. Everton Hannam, Secretary General of JNC-UNESCO, members of the Board and members of JNC-UNESCO and the Caribbean Cluster Office.

A reception was held in the evening and provided further opportunities for more informal and yet fruitful mutual exchanges.

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