Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister meets with Vietnam’s candidate for the post of Director-General of UNESCO
On 23 June, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris German met with Vietnam’s candidate for the post of Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau, who arrived in Lithuania to present his candidacy.
“Lithuania, as a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO, closely monitors preparations for the election process of the Director-General of UNESCO. We aim to have the most qualified candidate, who meets the highest standards of competence and professionalism, elected as the new leader of UNESCO,” said Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister.
In the meeting, the interlocutors exchanged views on topical issues related to UNESCO’s activity and future. The Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau presented in detail the vision of his leadership of UNESCO and priority activities. The candidate emphasized the need to foster dialogue among member states aimed at promoting UNESCO’s values and goals, and at increasing the visibility of the organization. The Ambassador agreed with the opinion of the Vice-Minister Germanas that the future Director-General should be an exceptional leader and pursue effectiveness through targeted leadership.
The meeting discussed prospects for the development of bilateral relations and regional security issues. The Foreign Vice-Minister Germanas expressed Lithuania’s concerns about the military exercises Zapad 2017 in Belarus in September, while the Ambassador drew attention to a worrying situation on the Korean Peninsula, and in the South China Sea. Both countries expressed their interest in continuing to hold bilateral political consultations that would help to develop both cultural and economic relations.
The tenure of the incumbent Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova will end in November. The election of the new Director-General of the organization will take place in October/November 2017. Nine candidates from Iraq, Qatar, France, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Guatemala, Egypt, China and Vietnam are competing to head UNESCO.
UNESCO is a specialised agency of the UN, which contributes to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms. The Director-General will be nominated by the Executive Board and appointed by the General Conference in November. Lithuania, as a member of the Executive Board for the period 2015-2019 will vote during the Board’s session in October.