U.S. Policy Statements
The General Conference is UNESCO’s primary decision-making body, comprising representatives of all Member States. It meets every 2 years to determine the policies and main lines of work of the Organization. Besides the Member States, this meeting is attended by observers from non-Member States, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Following the principle of one vote per country, the General Conference approves UNESCO’s biennial program and budget. It also elects the Members of the Executive Board and, every 4 years, appoints UNESCO’S Director-General, based on the recommendation of the Executive Board.
The General Conference provides an important
occasion for the United States to reaffirm its policy with respect to
UNESCO and its programs, through a formal statement made by a high-ranking U.S. government official.
36th General Conference
Statement as delivered by U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter on 31 October 2011.
Statement as delivered to the UNESCO General Conference by Ambassador David T. Killion on 31 October 2011