Report from the 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO


INSEA was invited to the 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO in Paris (30th October/ 14th November). I have the honor to represent our organization and to be in contact with all other NGO working through the world for  peace. NGO Liaison Committee organized  special meetings  to inform about   exchanges and recommendations proposed by United Nations.

The General Conference consists of the representatives of the States Members of the Organization. It meets every two years, and is attended by Member States and Associate Members, together with observers for non-Member States, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Each country has one vote, irrespective of its size or the extent of its contribution to the budget. The General Conference determines the policies and the main lines of work of the Organization. Its duty is to set the programs and the budget of UNESCO. It also elects the Members of the Executive Board and appoints, every four years, the Director-General 



Main events:

Dialogue between President Lech Walesa and Ms Liv Torres, Executive Director of Nobel Peace Center of Oslo about the importance to be able to built together our world without unbuilt it.

Standing ovation for Irina Bokova, who, in a such difficult and conflictual world situation worked to defend UNESCO’s aims in favour of peace, culture, education, sciences.

Education, Culture and Climate Change discussions. You will find conclusions and recommendations about Education and Culture :


Commission education:


  • A special accent was about the problems of discrimination in Education, specially to help girls to have a real access to education.

  • The role of education in favour of sustainable development and to be concerned by problem of climate change*

  • The importance of Education to learn to live together and to promote international understanding in favour of peace,


Commission Culture  :        


  • Actions to protect our cultural heritage

  • Fostering Freedom of expression,

  • Fostering creativity


Commission Climate change :

  • Recommendations for Ethical  principles in all decisions and actions related to climate change 


  • In Education, to encourage educational institutions and educators to integrate these principles in their teaching activities from pre-school to university levels


Collaborations with other NGOs:

Recommendation to celebrate :

  • 21th september 2018: International Day for Peace

  • 11th october 2018: International Day for the Girl


Paris, 17 November , 2017

Marie-Françoise Chavanne,  InSEA Rep. In UNESCO

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