BEIJING: For the first time a Chinese representative has been elected president of the UNESCO’s general conference since the organization was established in 1946.
China is willing to deepen cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) after Hao Ping was elected president of its 37th general conference in Paris, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily news briefing Wednesday when asked to comment on Hao’s election.
With the development of a multi-polarized world, developing countries, as represented by China, have played an increasingly important role in UNESCO, Hong said.
“China is willing to deepen cooperation with the UNESCO and contribute to world peace and poverty eradication as well as promoting talks and sustainable development,” Hong said.
Hao, China’s vice minister for education and representative to the UNESCO’s executive board, was on Tuesday elected president of the organization’s 37th general conference with a two-year mandate.
Born in 1959 in Shandong Province, Hao was vice president of Peking University (2001-2005) and president of Beijing Foreign Studies University (2005-2009), before assuming the position as the country’s vice minister of education.