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30TH SESSION OF UNESCO'S GENERAL CONFERENCE OPENS IN PARIS OCTOBER 26
Paris, October 25 -The supreme body of UNESCO, the General Conference, will open its 30th Session - which will focus on the Organization's mission in the 21st century and on the appointment of a new Director-General, nominated by the Executive Body - on Tuesday, October 26, at Headquarters in Paris.
More than 150 government ministers, most of them in charge of education, from more than 180 Member States (of the 188 which belong to UNESCO), are expected to attend the session. Several heads of state will also address the General Conference: Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, will speak on the opening day (October 26 at 12.15 p.m.); Robert G. Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, will do so on October 28 at 10 a.m. and other visits are yet to be confirmed.
After electing their President, the members of the General Conference - representatives of the Organization's Member States - will examine, among other subjects, UNESCO's recent activities and well as the Draft Programme and Budget for the years 2000 - 2001. They will also debate issues such as the implementation of the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights (adopted by the General Conference at its last session) and on the draft Convention Concerning the Protection of Underwater Heritage.
The 30th session will be marked by the nomination, November 12, of UNESCO's new Director-General who will take office on November 15. Koichiro Matsuura, Japan's Ambassador to France, is the candidate elected by the Executive Board.
Debates on the missions and priorities of UNESCO for the coming century will constitute the central theme of the session. Many forward-looking roundtable debates on the subject will also be held during the General Conference. The main roundtable debate, November 2, will bring together a large number of culture ministers to debate "Culture and Creativity in a Globalised World". On November 6, in one of the series of 21st Century Talks, some fifteen leading personalities will discuss "Towards a New Global Contract". On November 8, "Democracy and Global Governance: Challenges for the 21st Century" will be the subject of debate. A Youth Forum and other roundtable talks - notably about youth educational strategies in the 21st century; social, ethical and legal questions relating to cyberspace in the 21st century - are also scheduled.
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