Argentina has been elected Vice-President of the UNESCO Executive Board

Marcela Lusardo with UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay

During the 213th session of the UNESCO Executive Board, which was held on Friday at the organization’s headquarters in Paris, Argentina has been elected by acclamation to serve as Vice-President of this body on behalf of Latin America and the Caribbean.

At the same meeting, and after a secret vote, its new president was elected. Tamara Rastovak Siamashvili, Ambassador of Serbia to UNESCO as well as five other Vice-Presidents (Italy, Poland, China (until 11/2022), Japan (from 11/2022 to 11/2023), Guinea and Kuwait.

This way the ambassador Marcela Lusardo – who represents Argentina before the Executive Board – will voice and defend the interests of Latin America and the Caribbean before this executive body of UNESCO. “This election represents a vote of the entire region’s confidence in our country and confirms Argentina’s commitment to it and pluralism,” they said in a statement.

Argentina has been elected Member of the World Heritage Committee – a body he has been absent since 2005- In the elections that took place on Thursday, within the framework of the 23rd Assembly of States Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the World, Natural and Cultural Heritage, which is being held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, where Marcela Lusardo She became a permanent ambassador for the organization.

This commission, established in 1972, is made up of 24 member states. its composition It seeks to ensure a balanced representation of the different regions and cultures of the world. Among its functions are the periodic updating of the “World Heritage List”, the “List of World Heritage in Danger”, as well as the analysis of international assistance requests for the natural and cultural property of States Parties.


The inclusion of a site in the World Heritage List means international recognition and a great responsibility of the state party, which must ensure the necessary legal protection and an appropriate management plan that will allow the preservation of its exceptional universal value for future generations.

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Argentina currently has eleven sites inscribed on the World Heritage List: Los Glaciares National Park (Santa Cruz, 1981); Jesuit missions of Guarani (Argentina and Brazil binational, 1984); Iguazu National Park (Mission, 1984); Valdes Peninsula (Chubut, 1999); Cave of the Hands, Pentoras River (Santa Cruz, 1999); Ischigualasto and Talampaya Nature Parks (San Juan/La Rioja, 2000); Block and Jesuit Estancias (Cordoba, 2000); Humahuaca (Gogoi, 2003); Qhapaq Ñan – Sistema vial andino (Jujuy, Salta, Catamarca, La Rioja, San Juan, Mendoza and Tucuman – Argentina – Bolivia – Chile – Colombia – Ecuador – Peru, 2014); Le Corbusier’s Architectural Works – An Exceptional Contribution to the Modern Movement (Buenos Aires – multinational Argentina, Germany, Belgium, France, India, Japan, Switzerland, 2016) and Los Alerces National Park (Chubut, 2017).

this week, Losardo She presented to the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Audrey Azoulay, her credentials as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Argentina to the Organization.

During the meeting, Losardo and Azoulay discussed the organization’s role in combating terrorism Social inequality, the response to the climate emergency and the prominent role of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Committee (IOC), Headed by an Argentine man, the need to ensure equitable access to digital tools and to ensure quality education throughout their lives for all girls, women and diversity.

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