News (November 2013):
Statement delivered by the Honorable Nana Grey-Johnson, Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure of the Republic of The Gambia, during the 37th Session of the UNESCO General Conference Paris, France, 5th – 20th November 2013
About The Gambia and UNESCO:
The Gambia was inaugurated into the membership of UNESCO on the 1st August, 1973. In 1983 the National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM) was set up to act as an intermediary link between the Government of The Gambia and UNESCO as well as to guarantee active participation in relevant cultural and education programmes. This was the result of a Cabinet decision taken the year before (11 March 1982) to establish the body in The Gambia. The NATCOM secretariat also co-ordinates the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) programmes in the country. Furthermore, it cooperates with the office in Dakar (BREDA). Members of the commission are chosen from different ministries, institutions and Non-governmental organisations working in UNESCO's areas of activity. The Secretary General is secretary of the commission and head of the secretariat. Since 1973, UNESCO has had a keen commitment to supporting development initiatives in The Gambia with a particular emphasis on culture, education, communication, science as well as the culture of peace, women's issues and HIV/AIDS among others
UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities. The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community – as set out in the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – underpin all UNESCO’s strategies and activities (read more)...