Namibia nominates Simataa for Unesco conference presidency

07 Oct 2015 18:30pm


Cabinet has endorsed the nomination of Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Stanley Simataa for the position of President of the 38th Unesco General Conference.

The conference is scheduled to take place from 03 to 18 November 2015 at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris, France. Speaking at a media briefing here on Wednesday, ICT Minister Tjekero Tweya said the endorsement was done during Cabinet's ordinary meeting on 06 October 2015.

"Cabinet endorsed the candidature of Simataa to the presidency of the Unesco General Conference as supported by the Africa Group of Unesco," he said.

The general conference consists of the representatives of the member states of the organisation and it meets every two years. It is also attended by associate members, together with observers of non-member states, intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and foundations.

The main function of the conference is to determine the policies and the main lines of work of the organisation. The conference will also elect the members of the Unesco Executive Board; and appoints, every four years, the director-general; and adopts the eight-year medium-term strategy of the organisation.

Simataa was reappointed as Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology in March 2015, and he also served as Executive Director of the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) from 2007 to 2010.

He once served as Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education; and Director in the Speaker's Office of the National Assembly.

Vice-Minister of Education from China and Chairperson of the Chinese National Commission for Unesco, HAO Ping was the president of the 37th session of the General Conference.