16 Aug 2016

Cook Islands bid for UNESCO seat

4:08 pm on 16 August 2016

The Cook Islands government is putting forward a bid for a seat on the UNESCO executive board.

The Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Henry Puna announces the country's candidacy for a seat on UNESCO

The Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Henry Puna announces the country's candidacy for a seat on UNESCO Photo: RNZ/Daniela Maoate-Cox

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation is a specialised agency of the UN which promotes peace and security through education, scientific and cultural reform.

The Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna said the nation has been an active member of UNESCO for the past 30 years and can be an effective voice for the Pacific region.

"We have a high standing with the agency in the areas of education for sustainable development and indigenous and traditional knowledge and just recently we have been building our profile in the culture programme."

The Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Henry Puna (left), and the New Zealand minister for Pacific People's, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga announce the Cook Islands candidacy for UNESCO in Wellington.

The Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Henry Puna (left), and the New Zealand minister for Pacific People's, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga announce the Cook Islands candidacy for UNESCO in Wellington. Photo: RNZ/Daniela Maoate-Cox

Mr Puna said the Cook Islands would be a positive dynamic voice for the Pacific and ensure member states are well informed of UNESCO work.

The New Zealand Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu Iiga said the Cook Islands is well placed to help further UNESCO's goals and the New Zealand government will support its candidacy.

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