Ausbert d' Auvergne represents St Lucia on the UNESCO executive board
Former Minister for Economic Affairs, Economic Planning, Investment and National Development, Mr Ausbert d’Auvergne is currently serving as Saint Lucia’s representative on the UNESCO Executive Board.
At the 208th session of the UNESCO Executive Board, recently concluded at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, Saint Lucia was elected Vice-Chairperson of the Executive Board from electoral group three, Latin America and the Caribbean, for the period 2019 – 2021.
The Executive Board is one of the three constitutional organs of UNESCO, the others being the General Conference and the Secretariat, elected by the General Conference.
Acting under the authority of the General Conference the Board examines the programme of work for the Organization and corresponding budget estimates submitted to it by the Director-General.
At the opening of the session following each ordinary session of the General Conference, the Board shall elect, from among the 58 representatives of the Member States, a Chairperson and six Vice-Chairpersons, with each Vice-Chair representing an electoral group.
In the absence of the Chairperson, his/her functions are exercised in turn by the Vice-Chairperson whose role includes ensuring the observance of the rules of procedures governing the sessions of the Executive Board.
Saint Lucia was first elected Vice-Chairperson of the UNESCO Executive Board during the 152nd session of the Board in 1997.
Sir Leton Thomas served as Saint Lucia’s representative on the UNESCO Executive Board for the period 1997-1999