Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Michele Sison will travel to Paris, France November 6-10, 2023, to lead the U.S. delegation attending the UNESCO General Conference. Assistant Secretary Sison will deliver remarks during the conference underscoring the strong U.S. commitment to supporting UNESCO’s core mandates of education, science, and protecting and preserving cultural heritage.
In addition to meeting French counterparts, Assistant Secretary Sison will meet with several UNESCO member states, bilaterally and in regional groups, to discuss areas of mutual interest within the multilateral body. Further, the Assistant Secretary will meet with UNESCO leadership on a variety of issues related to the United States’ return to active participation in the organization, including voicing support for the U.S. candidacy to the UNESCO Executive Board in the November 15 election.
As President Biden has frequently noted, the United States is stronger, safer, and more prosperous when we engage with the rest of the world and when we seek cooperation, collaboration, and partnership. Assistant Secretary Sison’s trip makes clear the U.S. commitment to multilateralism on critical issues, including expanding access to education, shaping best practices on new and emerging technologies, and protecting the world’s cultural heritage.
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