Namibia nominates Simataa for Unesco conference presidency

WINDHOEK: Cabinet has endorsed nomination of the Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology Stanley Simataa for the position of the president of the 38th UNESCO General conference.

The conference is scheduled to take place from 03 to 18 November 2015 at United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Headquarters in Paris.

Speaking at the media briefing here on Wednesday, ICT Minister Tjikero Tweya said the endorsement was done during the Cabinet ordinary meeting on 06 October 2015.

“Cabinet endorsed the candidature of Simataa to the presidency of the UNESCO General Conference, as supported by the Africa Group of UNESCO,” he said.

The general conference consists of the representatives of the States Members of the Organization and it meets every two years.

It is also attended by Member States and Associate Members, together with observers for non-Member States, intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and Foundations.

The main function of the conference is to determine the policies and the main lines of work of the Organization.

The conference will discussing all the issues concerning the general policy of the Organisation, and occasionally by focusing on certain major themes; and adopting for the next four years a programme and , for the next two years a budget, the draft of which is submitted to the General Conference and is the outcome of a consultation process between the Member States and the Secretariat.

The conference will also elect the members of the Executive Board; appointing, every four years, the Director-General; and adopting the eight-year Medium-Term Strategy of the Organisation.

Simataa was reappointed as Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology in March 2015, and he also served as Served as Executive Director, National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) from 2007 to 2010

Simataa once served as Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Director in the Speaker’s Office, National Assembly.

Vice Minister of Education (China) and Chairperson of Chinese National Commission for UNESCO HAO Ping was the President of the 37th session of the General Conference which held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France from 05 to 20 November 2013.