On June 7, the Chairman of the National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO, First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova held a first meeting of the Bureau of the National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO.
The event was attended by heads of sectors, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to UNESCO Vadym Omelchenko, ministries and academic institutions representatives that will participate in the work of the National Commission within the newly formed sectors.
The format of a Bureau was introduced in the context of the National Commission reform. The concept provides for meetings with the participation of the chairman, deputies, heads of sectors and the executive secretary with a view to improving the efficiency of the National Commission.
Emine Dzhaparova informed the audience of the work undertaken in the context of the National Commission reform. In particular, noted were the development of the draft Decree of the President of Ukraine "Issues of the National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO", Regulation on the National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO and its Rules of Procedure, which should ensure more coordinated and effective work of the Commission and a distribution of functions between its bodies (General Conference, Bureau, Secretariat), etc.
Emine Dzhaparova also communicated to her colleagues that the work on the draft Strategy of the National Commission for 2022-2025 is currently being finalized in order to ensure more effective cooperation between the National Commission and the UNESCO Secretariat and to create new opportunities to strengthen the cooperation between Ukraine and UNESCO.
The meeting participants discussed the initiative of the Chairman of the National Commission on the formation and functioning of the new sectors that meet the current standards, namely the equal opportunities, IT and digitalization sectors. Particular attention was drawn to the importance of gender equality in the sector composition.
Emine Dzhaparova informed the participants of the intensification of cooperation with the heads of national commissions for UNESCO of other countries and of the agreements reached with a number of partners on strengthening the cooperation at the intersectoral level.
In the context of international events on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of UNESCO, Emine Dzhaparova reported on the progress made in implementing the initiative of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy to hold an international video greetings flashmob, aimed at drawing attention to the activities of the organization and supporting its values. This initiative has already received the support of the UNESCO Director-General.