MoFA calls the membership a 'triumph' for the world

Iraq wins UNESCO Executive Council membership, enhancing global confidence

BAGHDAD, November 16 — Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Ahmed Al-Sahaf called Iraq’s newly acquired membership to UNESCO’s Executive Council on Thursday a triumph for the entire world, calling the achievement a sign of global confidence in the country’s cultural heritage and stature.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said:

With the aim of bolstering Iraq’s position on the international stage and within effective multilateral diplomacy, Iraq has successfully secured membership in the Executive Council of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the term 2023-2027. The elections took place on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at the organization’s headquarters in Paris, during the 42nd session of the General Conference, scheduled from 7 to 22 November 2023.

This achievement adds to the series of successes that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has diligently worked towards, aiming to restore national effectiveness in key international arenas.

This milestone, winning the UNESCO Executive Council membership after nearly three decades, symbolizes a qualitative recognition of Iraq’s contributions to the fields of education, science, and culture. It reinstates global confidence in Iraq’s cultural heritage, educational, and cultural legacy.

We extend our gratitude to sister and friendly countries for their support towards Iraq’s membership in the UNESCO Executive Council. We emphasize that obtaining this membership is a victory for the nations of the world collectively, contributing to Iraq’s prominent role on the Arab, Islamic, and global levels.

Congratulations to sister and friendly countries on their success in securing membership in various UNESCO committees. We call on them to engage in collective efforts to promote noble human values for the benefit of all peoples.