Libya was elected a Vice-chair of the 42nd session of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), during the meeting held in the French capital, Paris, in the presence of representatives of 194 countries, according to the Ministry of Education of the Government of National Unity.

The Ministry said on its Facebook page on Sunday that Libya’s election came as a culmination of the efforts made by the Minister of Education, Chairman of the National Committee for Education, Culture and Science, Mousa Al-Magaryef, and the Libyan permanent representative at UNESCO, along with regional and international partners.

Al-Magaryef stressed the importance of this "victory" in enhancing national participation in UNESCO's main bodies, keeping pace with the educational, cultural and scientific movement, and benefiting from it in developing and activating many national priority initiatives and programs. 

He added that the announcement of Libya's election, along with 30 other countries, came during the recommendations of UNESCO's Executive Council, by electing the president of the General Conference, the vice-chairmen, the chairmen of the committees, their vice-chairmen and their rapporteurs, in implementation of the provisions of Articles 29, 33 and 46 of the internal regulations of the General Conference, as well as in accordance with the recommendations of the Executive Council regarding organizing the work of that session.

During an official ceremony held at UNESCO’s headquarters on November 10, the Libyan delegation presented the document of ratification of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.