The twentieth General Conference of the United Nations Educational and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) opened in Paris on Tuesday (24 October).
The twentieth General Conference of the United Nations Educational and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) opened in Paris on Tuesday (24 October). During the five-week session, delegates from member states from all over the world will discuss a number of controversial political question, including a Third World news service.
SYNOPSIS: On the second day of the conference in the UNESCO headquarters, one hundred and forty-four delegations were preparing for the first crucial debates on future police.
Apart from talks on racial prejudice, human rights and colonialism, delegates will decide on an issue which dominated the last conference in Kenya. This involved setting up alternative news agencies catering for Third World existing news media. Some members fear this move could limit press freedom.
The first major disagreement arose over the election of Monsieur Napoleon Leblanc of Canada as the Executive Council President. He finally won the support of twenty-one Arab members who originally proposed their own candidate, complaining that the only Arab Conference President had been elected ten years ago.