29-05-2012 | Faroe Islands get their first national committee in UNESCO
After becoming an associate member of UNESCO in the autumn of 2009, the Faroe Islands have now established their first national committee in the international organisation. Last week all the Nordic national committees in UNESCO gathered in the Faroe Islands to prepare for the organisation's upcoming general conference.
UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – is an international organisation under the United Nations which seeks to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.
The Faroe Islands were recently host to all the national committees in UNESCO from Nordic countries. The goal of the gathering was to make preparations for UNESCO's upcoming general conference.
After the first meeting, which was last week, the committees had four workshops that covered education, research, culture, and communication, respectively. The committees also visited Koltur, one of the country's smallest islands which Faroese authorities have decided to turn into a national park.
The Nordic countries engage in close collaboration in UNESCO. Among other things they have an arrangement to elect a common Nordic representative to the UNESCO executive board. Currently, Denmark represents the Nordic countries and will do so until 2013, when a new Nordic representative will be elected.
Bjørn Kalsø, the Minister of Education, Culture and Research, has appointed the first Faroese national committee to UNESCO, which consists of seven people.
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