Press release

Minister Simeon addresses UNESCO

November 15, 2019

On Thursday 14 November, Minister for Education and Human Resources Development, Ms. Jeanne Simeon, addressed the General Conference of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in Paris, France.

Taking the floor during the general policy debate segment of the 40th Session of the General Conference, Minister Simeon highlighted the various areas in which Seychelles has benefitted from UNESCO’s assistance. These range from protection of the country’s tangible and intangible heritage to TVET (Technical and Vocational Education) through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). She availed of that opportunity to urge member-states of UNESCO to support Seychelles’ application to have moutya inscribed on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as well as its initiative to have the Institute of Early Childhood Development (IECD) recognized as a Category II Centre under the auspices of UNESCO.

Minister Simeon, who is heading a 5-member delegation to UNESCO, also took part in the Ministerial Panel in the context of the 7th SDG 2030 Steering Committee meeting. She will today address the General Conference again, ahead of a vote on the IECD.

The General Conference is the highest decision-making organ of UNESCO and this 40th Session is being attended by most of the 193 members of this specialized agency of the United Nations. The Conference which kicked off on 12th November will last until the 27th of this month.

The other members of the Seychelles delegation include Ambassador Sylvestre Radegonde, Seychelles’ Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Ms. Marie-Reine Houareau, the Chairperson of Seychelles’ National UNESCO Commission, Mr. Ralph Agrippine, Minister-Counsellor at the Seychelles embassy in Paris and Mrs. Shirley Choppy, CEO of IECD.