Indonesia was voted and become member of executive board of United Nations World Heritage Center, or UNESECO period of 2017-21 on Wednesday (08/11) in the agency’s 39th general assembly, Foreign Affairs Ministry said. (Photo courtesy of UNESCO's twitter)

Indonesia Elected as Member of Unesco’s Executive Board


NOVEMBER 09, 2017

Jakarta. Indonesia was voted onto the executive board of Unesco, the United Nations' cultural and education agency, for the 2017-21 period on Wednesday (08/11), at the 39th session of the agency's general conference in Paris, France, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement.

Bangladesh, the Philippines, India, Japan and China were also elected as members of the executive board.

Indonesia will now have the chance to promote and propose some natural and cultural preserves, such as the world's largest Buddhist temple, Borobudur, in Central Java and Ujung Kulon National Park in Banten, to be included in the agency's world heritage list, the statement said.

Indonesia can also actively participate in supporting Unesco education programs. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is one of initiators to form the world's education commission.

"Indonesia’s membership on the executive board can support government policy to prevent disaster," the statement said.

Indonesia has been actively monitoring a tsunami in the Indian Ocean in cooperation with the Unesco Oceanography Commission.