Minister Zola Skweyiya Elected President of the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Management of Social
Transformation Programme, 19 October 2005
Minister Zola Skweyiya was today
elected President of the UNESCO Management of Social Transformations Programme
(MOST) Intergovernmental Committee, (IGC) in Paris, France. The Minister is in
Paris attending the Extra-ordinary Session of the MOST IGC.
of Dr Skweyiya is a significant recognition of the contribution of the Minister
and the country to the transformation and development of the social development
field. The MOST IGC President is elected in his personal capacity as a renowned
social scientist or social policymaker whose commitment to the MOST programmes
has already been established through prior co-operation.
The committee said
Dr Skweyiya has demonstrated his commitment to the MOST programme through a number
of outstanding actions, including the following:
- The convening of
the Cape Town Ministerial Forum of Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Ministers of Social Development in November 2004,
- Chairing, on behalf
of MOST, an informal gathering of Ministers of Social Development within the framework
of the Copenhagen +10 Review process during the annual session of the UN Commission
on Social Development at the United Nations in New York, 9 - 18 February 2005.
- Active participation in meetings of the International Steering Committee
of the MOST International Forum on the Social Science-Policy Nexus, to be held
in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, 20-24 February 2006.
- The convening of
four workshops to be held in Buenos Aires during the International Forum.
Ministry of Social Development is encouraging a wide range of South African institutions
to identify, provide and fund international participants in each workshop. "I
am humbled by the election to serve UNESCO in this capacity. It is yet another
example of the high esteem with which our country is regarded in the world. I
will do my best to serve the MOST IGC to the best of my ability, to contribute
to the promotion of human rights and human dignity in the world," said Dr
Skweyiya. He returns to South Africa on Friday.
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Issued by: Ministry of Social Development