‘Babsy’ is now the vice-president of the UNESCO General Conference

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, was elected to serve as vice-president of the 40th Session of the UNESCO General Conference in Parish, France.

Culture Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange
Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange

Grange was absent for the election but will depart the island on Wednesday for the biennial General Conference, as well as the meeting of the UNESCO Executive Board.

The 193 members of UNESCO use the General Conference to decide the policies and work of the organisation, with the Executive Board, consisting of 58 members, being responsible for the overall management of UNESCO.

Grange said she will use her election as vice president of the General Conference to serve the countries of the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as small island developing states. She said she would ensure that their voices are heard and are able to benefit from UNESCO’s work.

Grange just ended a two-year stint as the chair of UNESCO Committee on Conventions and Recommendations.