Philippines Elected Vice-president of UNESCO

The Philippines was re-elected recently as one of the three Vice Presidents of the eight-member Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Information for All Programme (IFAP).

Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., chief of the Presidential Communications Operations Office in Malacanang, represents the Philippines in the 25-member IFAP Council.

The elections were held during IFAP’s Seventh Session in Paris from April 2 to 3. Newly elected members of the Bureau will serve a two-year term from 2012 to 2013.

At the Session, Coloma presented the Report of the IFAP Working Group on Media and Information Literacy (MIL), which the Philippines chairs. He enumerated the Working Group’s global, regional and national initiatives undertaken in 2011 as well as its action agenda for 2012 and beyond.

Other member countries elected to the IFAP Bureau are the Russian Federation (President), Austria (Vice President), Grenada (Vice President), Latvia (Member), Oman (Member), Tanzania (Member) and Colombia (Rapporteur).

The Bureau, which is the operational body of the Council, plays a key role in the Working Groups constituted to address IFAP’s five strategic priority areas: information access; information for development; information ethics; information literacy; and information preservation.

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