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12      General Conference         Генеральная конферeнция
        34th session, Paris 2007   34-я сессия, Париж 2007 г.


        Conférence générale           ‫א‬     ‫א‬
        34e session, Paris 2007    ٢٠٠٧         ،   ‫א‬   ‫א א‬     ‫א‬

        Conferencia General        大会
        34a reunión, París 2007    第三十四届会议,巴黎,2007



                                                                    34 C/12
                                                                    31 July 2007
                                                                    Original: English




       Item 1.3 of the provisional agenda


       REPORT BY THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL ON COMMUNICATIONS
     RECEIVED FROM MEMBER STATES INVOKING THE PROVISIONS OF
         ARTICLE IV.C, PARAGRAPH 8(c), OF THE CONSTITUTION


                                          OUTLINE

       Source: Article IV.C, paragraph 8(c), of the Constitution.

       Background: In accordance with Rule 83, paragraph 4, of the Rules of
       Procedure of the General Conference, the Director-General hereby
       reports on communications received from Member States invoking the
       terms of Article IV.C, paragraph 8(c), of the Constitution concerning the
       right to vote at the 34th session.

       Purpose: To submit to the General Conference all relevant information
       concerning communications received from Member States requesting the
       right to vote and thereby facilitate the decision-making process.

       Decision required: Paragraph 14.
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INTRODUCTION

1.   This document is divided into two parts.

     Part I deals with the procedures to be followed by the General Conference when considering
     communications requesting the right to vote.

     In Part II of this document, the Director-General makes his report on the individual
     communications received from Member States and proposes the outline of a draft resolution.

2.  The Director-General’s report on the most recent position of payment plans agreed between
UNESCO and Member States in arrears is contained in document 34 C/32.


                          PART I – PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED

3.   The procedure for the granting of voting rights is defined in Rule 83 of the General
Conference. At its 28th, 29th and 30th sessions, the General Conference by 28 C/Resolution 20.3,
29 C/Resolution 87 and 30 C/Resolution 79, decided to amend this rule so as to specify the
procedure and the justifications to be provided by Member States availing them of this procedure.
Consequently, paragraphs 3 to 10 below have been incorporated in Rule 83 of the Rules of
Procedure of the General Conference as follows:

     “3.   Before each ordinary session of the General Conference, the Director-General shall,
     using the most reliable and rapid channels, notify Member States in danger of losing their
     voting rights in accordance with the provisions of Article IV.C, paragraph 8(b), of the
     Constitution concerning their financial position with respect to the Organization and the
     provisions of the Constitution and the Rules and Regulations relating thereto, at least six
     months before the General Conference session is due to open.

     4.     Member States shall address their communications invoking the provisions of
     Article IV.C, paragraph 8(c), to the Director-General, who shall transmit them to the
     Administrative Commission of the General Conference. That Commission shall take up the
     matter at the commencement of its work and issue in plenary meeting, as a matter of priority,
     a report and recommendations on the subject.

     5.     The communications from Member States referred to in paragraph 4 shall be submitted
     no later than three days after the commencement of the proceedings of the General
     Conference. In the absence of such a communication from the Member States concerned,
     the latter may no longer be authorized to take part in voting at that session of the General
     Conference.

     6.    Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1 of this rule, after the time limit specified
     in paragraph 5 above has passed, and pending a decision by the General Conference in
     plenary meeting, only those Member States concerned that have submitted the
     communication referred to in paragraph 4 shall have the right to vote.

     7.    In its report to the General Conference, the Administrative Commission shall:

          (a)    describe the conditions that render non-payment beyond the Member State’s
                 control;

          (b)    give information on the Member State’s history of payment of its contributions in
                 preceding years and on request(s) for voting rights under Article IV.C, paragraph
                 8(c), of the Constitution;
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           (c)   state the measures taken in order to settle the arrears – normally a payment plan
                 for settlement of such arrears in annual instalments over a period of three biennia
                 – and make mention of the undertaking by the Member State to do all it can to
                 settle future annual assessed contributions on a regular basis.

     8.    Any decision to permit a Member State in arrears in the payment of its contributions to
           vote shall be made conditional upon that Member State’s observance of the
           recommendations for settlement of the arrears made by the General Conference.

     9.    After the General Conference has approved the payment plan under which the arrears
           of a Member State are consolidated and payable in accordance with paragraph 7(c),
           any decision by the Conference permitting that Member State to vote shall be valid as
           long as the Member concerned pays its annual instalments by the scheduled dates.

     10.   The provisions of Articles 5.5 and 5.7 of the Financial Regulations shall not apply to
           payments made under the payment plans referred to in paragraphs 7(c) and 9 above.”

4.    At its 29th session, the General Conference encountered difficulties in applying the new
provisions and some Member States’ difficulties in complying with them. The President of the
General Conference established a working group on conditions under which the right to vote may
be granted to the Member States referred to in Article IV.C, paragraph 8 of the Constitution. The
report of the working group was presented at the 30th session of the General Conference which,
by 30 C/Resolution 82, endorsed the following recommendations of the working group:

     “3.   The criteria to be used by the Administrative Commission of the General Conference to
           assess, in accordance with paragraph 7 of Rule [83] of the Rules of Procedure,
           whether the conditions invoked by a Member State are genuinely beyond its control
           should be grouped in three categories: criteria linked to wars and armed conflicts
           affecting a State, economic and financial criteria, and natural disasters. Those criteria
           should be applied while taking into account the time factor (the situation invoked should
           have had proven effects over the two preceding years and since the establishment of
           the current scale) and the real intention of the Member State to pay its total financial
           contributions to UNESCO.

     4.    The practice of submission of payment plans to the General Conference should be
           improved and arrangements should be made so that the payment plans on the basis of
           which governments undertake to settle their arrears are prepared and presented as
           early as possible before the General Conference session.

     5.    After the Conference session, the Director-General should send a letter to the
           governments concerned to remind them that their payment plans have been approved
           by the General Conference and, at the same time, to inform them of all the possible
           consequences of non-observance of those commitments.

     6.    The Director-General should take advantage of regional or subregional meetings of the
           National Commissions to inform representatives of Member States facing serious
           payment difficulties about existing options for the payment of assessed contributions
           and for the settlement of arrears and to help them to devise solutions that are
           appropriate for their specific situation.

     7.    In the general framework of payment plans, “swap”-type arrangements could be used
           more frequently and other kinds of arrangements could be considered. The Director-
           General might be invited to examine the possibility of developing new types of
           arrangements based on swap schemes in respect of payment plans and in cooperation
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            with other United Nations agencies (in particular UNDP and UNICEF).1 In this context,
            particularly for field office staff, special attention should be given to training in project
            financing, negotiating skills (e.g. matching funds from different sources), and
            managerial skills in general.

      8.    The Bureau of the Administrative Commission, or a small ad hoc body established by it,
            should examine case by case the communications of Member States invoking the
            provisions of Article IV.C, paragraph 8(c), of the Constitution and propose a draft
            resolution to be recommended to the General Conference. The proposal that the
            Administrative Commission submits to the plenary should also contain information on
            the reasons why, in certain cases, the granting of voting rights must be approved by a
            two-thirds majority.

      9.    The Director-General should submit to the Executive Board, together with his regular
            reports, at the spring session before the General Conference, information on the
            situation of arrears of contributions at UNESCO, as well as in other organizations of the
            United Nations systems and the incentives/disincentives applied by them to improve
            the situation.

      10.   In the event of a sanction, the loss of voting rights by Member States affected by the
            sanction will not deprive such Member States of any of the services of the Organization
            and shall not preclude them from participating in the activities of UNESCO”.

5.    Finally at its 33rd session, the General Conference adopted 33 C/Resolution 92 (R.9) which
states that:

      “the communications received from Member States invoking the provisions of Article IV.C,
      8(c) of the Constitution should be examined by the Executive Board at its session
      immediately preceding the General Conference in order to allow the Conference to decide on
      voting rights, upon the recommendations of the Executive Board, at the opening of the
      session”.

6.   The Director General has fully complied with his obligations under paragraph 3 of Rule 83 of
the Rules of Procedure of the General Conference and paragraphs 5 and 9 of 30 C/Resolution 82.
Member States being at risk of losing voting rights at the 34th session of the General Conference
were informed by written notification in March and May 2007. Last reminders will be sent in
September 2007. With regard to paragraphs 6 and 7 of the same resolution the Director-General
remains most willing to discuss all options for assisting Member States with their arrears.

7.   Paragraphs 4 to 10 of Rule 83 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Conference and
Paragraphs 3, 4, 8 and 10 of 30 C/Resolution 82 are addressed to Member States and to the
Administrative Commission of the General Conference.


               PART II – CONSIDERATION OF INDIVIDUAL COMMUNICATIONS

8.    Article IV.C, paragraphs 8(b) and (c), of the Constitution are worded as follows:



1
      In particular, it would be desirable to explore the options open to Member States to reduce the
      budgets of already approved UNDP and UNICEF projects carried out in their countries through the
      temporary secondment of professional staff and the provision of vehicles and premises. The funds
      thus released would then be transferred to UNESCO, which would credit them to the payment plans
      concerned. This proposal reflects the basic concept of swap arrangements, now that the original
      scheme – payment in non-convertible currencies – is considered to be ineffective or inapplicable by
      many of the Member States concerned.
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      “(b) A Member State shall have no vote in the General Conference if the total amount of
           contributions due from it exceeds the total amount of contributions payable by it for the
           current year and the immediately preceding calendar year.

      (c)   The General Conference may nevertheless permit such a Member State to vote, if it is
            satisfied that failure to pay is due to conditions beyond the control of the Member
            State”.

9.   Paragraphs 3 to 10 of Rule 83 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Conference and
paragraphs 2 and 4 to 9 of 30 C/Resolution 82 (contained in paragraphs 3 and 4 above) define the
procedures to be followed by the Director-General, Member States and the General Conference
respectively with regard to the application of the above-mentioned articles of the Constitution.

10. Paragraph 3 of 30 C/Resolution 82 (see paragraph 4 above) defines the criteria to be used
by the Administrative Commission of the General Conference when examining such requests.

11. As of 30 June 2007 there were 35 Member States with arrears of contributions in excess of
the levels allowed in the Constitution with regard to voting rights at the General Conference as
compared to 42 as of 30 June 2005. Seventeen of them had payment plans approved at previous
sessions of the General Conference. Details are provided in Schedule 1. However, at the date of
finalization of this document, formal communication has been received from one Member State
invoking the provisions of Article IV.C, paragraph 8(c) of the Constitution. Schedule 2 shows the
analysis of arrears of this Member State by biennium and the dates of its last payments.
Schedule 3 shows the history of requests for voting rights and permissions granted by the General
Conference to this Member State at the preceding five sessions of the General Conference and
has attached as Annex I, reproduction of the communication received.

12. An addendum will be issued prior to the commencement of the General Conference,
containing any further communications received from Member States requesting the right to vote.
As soon as possible after the expiry of the three-day limit following the commencement of the
General Conference allowed for submission of communications requesting the right to vote under
paragraph 5 of Rule 83 of the Rules of Procedure, the Director-General will submit a further
addendum, transmitting any additional communications received. In each case he will submit
updated Schedules 1 to 3 in order to assist the Administrative Commission in formulating the report
it is required to make to the General Conference in plenary meeting on the individual requests
received.

CONCLUSION

13. It is an essential part of the strategy to generate positive cash flow that all Member States
with accumulated arrears should pay in each year more than the amount of their current year’s
assessment, so that their arrears can be gradually reduced until eliminated. Bearing in mind that
the potential loss of voting rights is the only disincentive that exists in UNESCO against late
payment of contributions, the General Conference will no doubt wish to study carefully the requests
that invoke the provisions of Article IV.C, paragraph 8(c), of the Constitution. The Conference may
also wish to bear in mind that the acceptance of a large number of payment plans, deferring
payment of contributions into future years, places an additional burden on the cash resources of
the Organization.

14. Following consideration of the report that the Administrative Commission is required to make
to the General Conference in plenary meeting and the recommendations of the Executive Board at
its 177th session,2 the Conference may wish to adopt a resolution along the following lines:


2
     This item will be examined by the Executive Board at its 177th session. Any observations or
     recommendations made by the Executive Board will be reflected in an addendum to the present
     document.
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The General Conference,

Having considered the communications received from (names of Member States to be
inserted) invoking the terms of Article IV.C, paragraph 8(c), of the Constitution in order to
obtain permission to take part in the voting at its 34th session,

Recalling the constitutional obligation of Member States to pay their contributions fully and on
time,

Taking into account the history of payment of contributions in preceding years and previous
requests for voting rights in the case of each of these Member States, as well as the
measures proposed by them to eliminate their arrears,

Noting that (names of Member States) have subsequent to their requests paid the amounts
required for voting rights in conformity with Article IV.C, paragraph 8(b), of the Constitution,

Considers that the failure of (names of Member States) to pay contributions for an amount
exceeding the total due for the current year and the immediately preceding calendar year
and/or instalments on payment plans is due to conditions beyond their control and decides
that these Member States may take part in the voting at the 34th session of the General
Conference,

Further considers that the failure of (names of Member States) to pay contributions for an
amount exceeding the total due for the current year and the immediately preceding calendar
year and/or instalments on payment plans does not comply with the conditions laid down in
Rule 83 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Conference and consequently these
Member States may not take part in the voting at the 34th session of the General
Conference,

Invites the Director-General to report to the 179th and 181st sessions of the Executive Board
as well as to the 35th session of the General Conference on the actual position concerning
all payment plans agreed upon between UNESCO and Member States in arrears with their
contributions.
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SUMMARY OF SCHEDULES

Schedule 1. Member States at risk of losing voting rights at 30 June 2007.

Schedule 2. Arrears of contributions of Member States invoking the provisions of Article IV.C,
paragraph 8(c), of the Constitution at 30 June 2007.

Schedule 3. Request made for voting rights and permission granted by the General Conference at
its last five sessions. Annex 1: communication received.
                                                                          SCHEDULE 1
                                                MEMBER STATES AT RISK OF LOSING VOTING RIGHTS AS AT 30 JUNE 2007


                                                    Arrears of contributions                       Instalments due under payment plans
                                      Working
                                                     2003 and                                        2006 and                          Total             TOTAL
              Member States           Capital                      2004-2005      Total arrears                        2007                                                       Date of last payment
                                                    prior years                                     prior years                     instalments        ARREARS (1)
                                       Fund

 1   Antigua and Barbuda                        -      264 923          19 072        283 995           152 920                           152 920            436 915             jeudi, octobre 01, 1987
 2   Argentina                                  -              -     5 803 771      5 803 771         2 302 953       3 128 933         5 431 886         11 235 657              jeudi, février 01, 2007
 3   Armenia                                    -                                             -                          56 837            56 837             56 837               jeudi, mars 15, 2007
 4   Bolivia                                    -              -        36 529         36 529                                                                 36 529             vendredi, mars 02, 2007
 5   Brazil                                     -              -        41 415         41 415                                                                 41 415              jeudi, janvier 04, 2007
 6   Cape Verde                               30               -         6 357           6 387                                                                  6 387             mardi, juillet 01, 2003
 7   Central African Republic                   -              -         6 357           6 357          202 440                           202 440            208 797               lundi, mars 20, 2006
 8   Chad                                     30         11 149          6 357         17 536           389 709                           389 709            407 245            vendredi, octobre 01, 1999
 9   Comoros                                  30               -         6 357           6 387          227 394          75 798           303 192            309 579            mercredi, octobre 01, 2003
10 Cook Islands                                 -              -         3 900           3 900                                                                  3 900              mardi, avril 01, 2003
11 Costa Rica                                   -                                             -                           3 407             3 407               3 407              mardi, mai 29, 2007
12 Côte d'Ivoire                                -              -        31 507         31 507                                                                 31 507              samedi, mai 01, 2004
13 Djibouti                                     -        11 149          6 357         17 506           216 822                           216 822            234 328              jeudi, janvier 12, 2006
14 Dominica                                     -              -         6 083           6 083                                                                  6 083              lundi, août 01, 2005
15 Dominican Republic                           -              -       219 433        219 433                                                                219 433            jeudi, septembre 01, 2005
16 Gambia                                       -              -         3 489           3 489           37 907          37 910            75 817             79 306              lundi, juillet 25, 2005
17 Guinea                                       -              -        14 229         14 229                                                                 14 229            samedi, octobre 01, 2005
18 Guinea-Bissau                                -                                             -         109 897          51 529           161 426            161 426              lundi, janvier 01, 1996
19 Iraq                                         -     5 376 753        101 720      5 478 473                                                              5 478 473               lundi, mars 01, 1993
20 Liberia                                      -                                             -          35 587          35 587            71 174             71 174            jeudi, septembre 01, 2005
21 Libyan Arab Jamahiriya                       -              -       205 905        205 905                                                                205 905            samedi, octobre 01, 2005
22 Marshall Islands                             -              -         4 929           4 929                                                                  4 929           samedi, octobre 01, 2005
23 Mauritania                                   -              -           724             724                                                                    724            mercredi, juin 01, 2005
24 Myanmar                                      -              -        62 174         62 174                                                                 62 174            samedi, octobre 01, 2005
25 Niger                                        -                                             -          21 427          21 427            42 854             42 854             vendredi, avril 01, 2005
26 Papua New Guinea                             -              -        14 518         14 518                                                                 14 518             vendredi, juillet 01, 2005
27 Paraguay                                     -              -        76 290         76 290            43 040          44 989            88 029            164 319            vendredi, janvier 13, 2006
28 Peru                                         -                                             -                        224 680            224 680            224 680           vendredi, novembre 03, 2006
29 Sao Tome and Principe                      30         16 571          6 357         22 958           215 569                           215 569            238 527            mercredi, octobre 01, 1997
30 Sierra Leone                                 -              -         6 310           6 310             7 719         14 108            21 827             28 137            mardi, décembre 05, 2006
31 Somalia                                    30       336 135           6 357        342 522                                                                342 522           vendredi, décembre 01, 1989
32 Sudan                                     560               -        33 743         34 303                                                                 34 303               mardi, juin 27, 2006
33 Timor-leste                                  -              -         3 178           3 178                                                                  3 178             samedi, mai 01, 2004
34 Turkmenistan                              280               -        31 787         32 067                   -        31 226            31 226             63 293               lundi, juin 11, 2007




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35 Zimbabwe                                  280               -        22 289         22 569                                                                 22 569            jeudi, septembre 01, 2005

     TOTAL                                 1 270      6 016 680       6 787 494     12 805 444         3 963 384      3 726 431          7 689 815         20 495 259

Note :
(1) This is the total to be paid by each Member State in order to obtain voting rights under the cumulative provisions of Article IV.C.8(b) of the Constitution and Rule 83,
     paragraph 9, of the Rules of Procedure of the General Conference
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                                                                                                    SCHEDULE 2

                                                          ARREARS OF CONTRIBUTIONS OF MEMBER STATES INVOKING THE PROVISIONS
                                                            OF ARTICLE IV.C, PARAGRAPH 8(c) OF THE CONSTITUTION AT 30 JUNE 2007

                                                                                                 CONTRIBUTIONS DUE


                                         Advances    Balance due    Balance due    Balance due    Balance due    Balance due    Balance due    Balance due    Balance due    Instalments on     TOTAL          Date of last
Date of request          Member State
                                        due to WCF    1988-1991      1992-1993      1994-1995      1996-1997      1998-1999      2000-2001      2002-2003      2004-2005     payment plans    Balance due       payment
                                             $            $              $              $              $              $              $                                              $              $

  04-juin-07      Iraq                                    524 645        830 652      1 026 533      1 059 586        471 772        571 585        891 980        101 720                       5 478 473   March 1993

                  TOTAL                          0        524 645        830 652      1 026 533      1 059 586        471 772        571 585        891 980        101 720               0       5 478 473
                                              SCHEDULE 3

                      REQUESTS MADE FOR VOTING RIGHTS AND PERMISSION GRANTED
                        BY THE GENERAL CONFERENCE AT ITS LAST FIVE SESSIONS

                                                             Sessions at which request made and permission
                                                               to vote granted are crossed as appropriate


           Communications
Annex N°                            Member States          29th       30th       31st       32nd        33rd
              received
                Date

   I         04-juin-07      Iraq                           X          X          X           X          X




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34 C/12 – page 10

                                                                                           Annex 1

Permanent Delegation
of the Republic of Irak to UNESCO
Paris



Ref.:      94

Date:      04/06/2007



Sir,

I have the honour to refer to your letter No. DCO/33AC2, dated 29/12/2006 and addressed to the
Minister of Education, concerning Iraq’s contributions to the UNESCO budget whose payment
remains due from Iraq’s contributions for 1990-2007.

You are aware, Sir, of the exceptional circumstances and difficulties that Iraq is currently facing,
that are indeed universally known. As a result, it is currently impossible for Iraq to pay the above-
mentioned contributions. It undertakes to settle them when circumstances have improved.

My Government wishes to resume its effective contributions to UNESCO’s activities and wishes to
continue to exercise its right to vote at the 34th session of the General Conference, and to do so in
accordance with the provisions of Article IV.C, paragraph 8(c) of the Constitution of UNESCO.

My Government also confirms that it will immediately take all the necessary steps to draw up a
plan for the settlement of all arrears as soon as the aforementioned exceptional circumstances
have come to an end.

Please accept, Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration.



                                                                   [signed]

                                                             M. Alkateeb
                                           Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Iraq to UNESCO




Mr Koïchiro Matsuura
Director-General of UNESCO




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              Conferencia General           大会
              34a reunión, París 2007       第三十四届会议,巴黎,2007



                                                                             34 C/12 Add.
                                                                             24 September 2007
                                                                             Original: English/French




             Item 1.3 of the provisional agenda


               REPORT BY THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL ON COMMUNICATIONS
              RECEIVED FROM MEMBER STATES INVOKING THE PROVISIONS
                OF ARTICLE IV.C, PARAGRAPH 8(c), OF THE CONSTITUTION

                                               ADDENDUM

Since the preparation of document 34 C/12, nine Member States have paid their arrears of
contributions and/or arrears due on payment plans in excess of levels allowed in the Constitution
with regard to voting rights at the General Conference. In addition, two additional communications
from Member States (Annexes II and III of this addendum) have been received invoking the
provisions of Article IV.C, paragraph 8(c), of the Constitution to obtain voting rights at the General
Conference.

This addendum gives updated information as follows:


                                         SUMMARY OF SCHEDULES

Schedule 1              Member States at risk of losing voting rights at 31 August 2007.

Schedule 2              Arrears of contributions of Member States invoking the provisions of
                        Article IV.C, paragraph 8(c), of the Constitution at 31 August 2007.

Schedule 3              Requests made for voting rights and permission granted by the General
                        Conference at its last five sessions.
                                                                                          SCHEDULE 1

                                      MEMBER STATES AT RISK OF LOSING VOTING RIGHTS AS AT 31 AUGUST 2007
                                                        Arrears of contributions                  Instalments due under payment plans
                                          Working     2003 and                       Total        2006 and                      Total              TOTAL
              Member States                                      2004-2005                                        2007                                                      Date of last payment
                                        Capital Fund prior years                    arrears      prior years                 instalments         ARREARS (1)


   1     Antigua and Barbuda                        -      264,923        19,072     283,995         152,920                      152,920               436,915          Thursday, October 01, 1987
   2     Argentina                                  -            -     5,803,771   5,803,771       2,302,953    3,128,933       5,431,886            11,235,657         Thursday, February 01, 2007
   3     Armenia                                    -                                      -                       56,837          56,837                56,837           Thursday, March 15, 2007
   4     Cape Verde                                30             -        6,357       6,387                                                              6,387            Tuesday, July 01, 2003
   5     Central African Republic                   -             -        6,357       6,357         188,019                     188,019                194,376             Friday, July 20, 2007
   6     Chad                                      30        11,149        6,357      17,536         389,709                     389,709                407,245           Friday, October 01, 1999
   7     Comoros                                   30             -        6,357       6,387         227,394       75,798        303,192                309,579         Wednesday, October 01, 2003
   8     Cook Islands                               -             -        3,900       3,900                                                              3,900            Tuesday, April 01, 2003
   9     Djibouti                                   -        11,149        6,357      17,506         216,822                     216,822                234,328          Thursday, January 12, 2006
  10     Dominica                                   -              -       6,083       6,083                                                               6,083          Monday, August 01, 2005
  11     Dominican Republic                         -              -     219,433     219,433                                                             219,433        Thursday, September 01, 2005




                                                                                                                                                                                                       ANNEX I
  12     Gambia                                     -              -       3,489       3,489          31,525       37,910          69,435                 72,924          Wednesday, July 18, 2007
  13     Guinea                                     -              -      14,229      14,229                                                              14,229         Saturday, October 01, 2005
  14     Guinea-Bissau                              -                                      -         109,897       51,529        161,426                 161,426          Monday, January 01, 1996
  15     Iraq                                       -     5,376,753      101,720   5,478,473                                                           5,478,473          Monday, March 01, 1993
  16     Liberia                                    -                                      -          35,587       35,587          71,174                 71,174        Thursday, September 01, 2005
  17     Marshall Islands                           -              -       4,929       4,929                                                               4,929         Saturday, October 01, 2005
  18     Myanmar                                    -              -      62,174      62,174                                                              62,174         Saturday, October 01, 2005
  19     Niger                                      -                                      -          21,427       21,427          42,854                 42,854            Friday, April 01, 2005
  20     Papua New Guinea                           -            -        14,518      14,518                                                              14,518            Friday, July 01, 2005
  21     Paraguay                                   -            -        45,049      45,049               -             -             -                  45,049         Thursday, August 23, 2007
  22     Sao Tome and Principe                     30       16,571         6,357      22,958         215,569                     215,569                 238,527        Wednesday, October 01, 1997
  23     Sierra Leone                               -            -         6,310       6,310           7,719       14,108         21,827                  28,137        Tuesday, December 05, 2006
  24     Somalia                                   30      336,135         6,357     342,522                                                             342,522         Friday, December 01, 1989
  25     Sudan                                    560            -        33,743      34,303                                                              34,303           Tuesday, June 27, 2006
  26     Zimbabwe                                 280            -        22,289      22,569                                                              22,569        Thursday, September 01, 2005


         TOTAL                                    990     6,016,680    6,405,208 12,422,878        3,899,541    3,422,129      7,321,670             19,744,548




                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Annex I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 34 C/12 Add.
Note :
      (1) This is the total to be paid by each Member State in order to obtain voting rights under the cumulative provisions of Article IV.C.8(b) of the Constitution and Rule 83,
          paragraph 9, of the Rules of Procedure of the General Conference
                                                                                                                                                                                      Annex I – page 2
                                                                                                                                                                                      34 C/12 Add.
                                                                                        SCHEDULE 2


                                           ARREARS OF CONTRIBUTIONS OF MEMBER STATES INVOKING THE PROVISIONS
                                           OF ARTICLE IV.C, PARAGRAPH 8(c) OF THE CONSTITUTION AT 31 AUGUST 2007

                                                                                 CONTRIBUTIONS DUE


                                                                                                                                                            Instalments   TOTAL
 Date of                       Advances     Balance due   Balance due   Balance due   Balance due   Balance due   Balance due   Balance due   Balance due                              Date of last
             Member State                                                                                                                                   on payment    Balance
 request                      due to WCF     1988-1991     1992-1993     1994-1995     1996-1997     1998-1999     2000-2001     2002-2003     2004-2005                                payment
                                                                                                                                                               plans        due
                                  $             $             $             $             $             $             $                                         $            $


04-Jun-07   Iraq                      -         524,645       830,652     1,026,533     1,059,586       471,772       571,585       891,980       101,720                 5,478,473   March 1993
            Central African
                                      -                                                                                                             6,357      188,019     194,376       July 2007
26-Jul-07   Republic
04-Sep-07   Gambia                    -                                                                                                             3,489       69,435      72,924       July 2007


            TOTAL                      -        524,645       830,652     1,026,533     1,059,586       471,772       571,585       891,980       111,566      257,454    5,745,773
                                                              SCHEDULE 3


                                    REQUESTS MADE FOR VOTING RIGHTS AND PERMISSION GRANTED
                                        BY THE GENERAL CONFERENCE AT ITS LAST FIVE SESSIONS

                                                                                            Sessions at which request made and
                                                                                          permission to vote granted are crossed as
                                                                                                         appropriate



                                          Communications
             Annex N°                                            Member States             29th     30th      31st     32nd     33rd
                                             received
                                                  Date

                 I*                          04-Jun-07     Iraq                            X         X         X        X         X
                  II                         26-Jul-07     Central African Republic      Note 2    Note 1      X        X         X
                 III                         04-Sep-07     Gambia                          X         X         X      Note 1




Notes:
(1): request made but not granted




                                                                                                                                       Annex I – page 3
                                                                                                                                       34 C/12 Add.
(2): the Member State paid the amounts required for voting rights in conformity with ArticleIV.C, paragraph 8(b) of the Constitution

*
    Annex I is to be found in document 34 C/12.
                                                                                     34 C/12 Add.
                                                                                     Annex II
                                            ANNEX II


MINISTRY OF NATIONAL EDUCATION,                     CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
LITERACY, HIGHER EDUCATION                             Unity – Dignity – Work
AND RESEARCH



THE MINISTER’s OFFICE

No. 274/MENAESR/DCAB                                                  Bangui, 26 July 2007

                                                           Mr Koïchiro Matsuura
                                                           Director-General of UNESCO
                                                           7, place de Fontenoy
                                                           75352 PARIS 07 SP
                                                           FRANCE

Sir,

      I have the honour to inform you that the Government of the Central African Republic wishes
to avail itself of the right to vote at the 34th session of the General Conference and at the same
time to regularize the situation regarding the arrears of contributions owed to the Organization.

     The Government of the Central African Republic wishes to confirm its commitment to         the
purposes and objectives of UNESCO and is anxious to participate fully in the work of            the
Organization. The outstanding contributions, which amount to US $211,481 and €2,968, have       not
been paid on account of the following circumstances, which are beyond the control of            the
Government and are explained below.

       For nearly two decades now, the Central African Republic has been experiencing recurrent
military and political upheavals that have affected all its social structures with tragic and
widespread consequences, including the undermining of its economy which, like those of all the
least developed countries, is weak at the best of times.

      The people expressed themselves through universal suffrage in 2005, making it possible to
establish democratic structures and raising considerable hope for a return to social peace and
economic recovery.

       However, the regions of the north, north-west and north-east of the Central African Republic
are confronted with a wave of insecurity stemming from hostile actions by armed bands that are
terrorizing and carrying out violence against the civil population. This situation, which is an
extension of the conflicts in the Darfur region (Sudan shares a long border with the Central African
Republic), has considerably curtailed the efforts made by the Central African Republic’s
Government to build up its moribund economy. These efforts are often checked by the hostilities
and, as is the case at present, the country is invaded by waves of refugees and displaced persons.
The Central African Republic is compelled on humanitarian grounds to take in these refugees and
use its meagre resources to improve safety in conflict areas.

      Consequently, the Central African Republic cannot honour its sovereign expenses: the
State’s civil servants and employees are owed more than 20 months’ salary arrears.

    Furthermore, a downward trend can be noted in the fight against AIDS in the Central African
Republic, which is the Central African country with the highest infection rate.
34 C/12 Add.
Annex II – page 2

      Thus, the Central African Republic’s delay in paying the arrears of contributions owed to the
UNESCO budget is the consequence of unfortunate circumstances and external factors beyond its
control. The Government is seeking ways and means of ensuring that the country emerges from
the rebellion that is still rife. Only international solidarity will enable the country to find peace again.

      Accordingly, in view of the above,

     The Central African Republic wishes to submit to the UNESCO General Conference
proposals for the settlement of the contributions due, as follows:

      In 2007 the Central African Republic will pay €2,968 and US $6,278.

     The remaining amount, i.e. US $205,203, will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of
US $17,101 per month.

     The Central African Republic will settle its arrears of contributions due for 2006 and previous
years in 12 equal monthly instalments before 30 June each year as from March 2008, and at the
same time it will pay its contributions in full for the current year and the years ahead in the year in
which they become due.

     I should be grateful if you would transmit to the General Conference my Government’s
request that it be permitted to vote at the 34th session of the General Conference.

      In the hope that this request will receive a favourable response, I take this opportunity,
Mr Director-General, to convey on behalf of the Government my deep gratitude and assure you of
my highest consideration.


                                                                            (signed)


                                                                    Charles Armel Doubane
                                                                Minister of National Education,
                                                                Literacy, Higher Education and
                                                                           Research
            34 C/12 Add.
            Annex III
ANNEX III
34 C/12 Add.
Annex III – page 2
                            34 C/12 Add.
                            Annex III – page 3




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                                                                             34 C/12 Add.2
                                                                             24 September 2007
                                                                             Original: English




             Item 1.3 of the provisional agenda


            REPORT BY THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL ON COMMUNICATIONS
           RECEIVED FROM MEMBER STATES INVOKING THE PROVISIONS
             OF ARTICLE IV.C, PARAGRAPH 8(c), OF THE CONSTITUTION


                                            ADDENDUM 2


       Since the preparation of document 34 C/12 Add., four Member States have paid their arrears
of contributions and/or arrears due on payment plans in excess of levels allowed in the Constitution
with regard to voting rights at the General Conference. In addition, one additional communication
from Member States (Annex IV of this addendum 2) has been received invoking the provisions of
Article IV.C, paragraph 8(c), of the Constitution to obtain voting rights at the General Conference.

     This addendum gives updated information as follows:



                                       SUMMARY OF SCHEDULES

Schedule 1                 Member States at risk of losing voting rights at 21 September 2007.

Schedule 2                 Arrears of contributions of Member States invoking the provisions of
                           Article IV.C, paragraph 8(c), of the Constitution at 21 September 2007.

Schedule 3                 Requests made for voting rights and permission granted by the General
                           Conference at its last five sessions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      34 C/12 Add.2 – page 2
                                                                                             SCHEDULE 1

                                             MEMBER STATES AT RISK OF LOSING VOTING RIGHTS AS AT 21 SEPTEMBER 2007


                                                       Arrears of contributions                         Instalments due under payment plans
                                         Working
                                                       2003 and                                           2006 and                          Total          TOTAL
            Member States                Capital                       2004-2005      Total arrears                         2007                                               Date of last payment
                                                      prior years                                        prior years                     instalments     ARREARS (1)
                                          Fund

  1   Antigua and Barbuda                        -         264,923          19,072         283,995           152,920                          152,920          436,915           October 1, 1987
  2   Argentina                                  -               -       5,803,771       5,803,771         1,487,812       3,128,933        4,616,745       10,420,516         September 18, 2007
  3   Cape Verde                                30               -           6,357           6,387                                                               6,387             July 1, 2003
  4   Central African Republic                   -               -           6,357           6,357           188,019                         188,019           194,376            July 20, 2007
  5   Chad                                      30          11,149           6,357          17,536           389,709                         389,709           407,245           October 1, 1999
  6   Comoros                                   30               -           6,357           6,387           227,394           75,798        303,192           309,579           October 1, 2003
  7   Cook Islands                               -               -           3,900           3,900                                                               3,900             April 1, 2003
  8   Djibouti                                   -          11,149           6,357          17,506           216,822                         216,822           234,328          January 12, 2006
  9   Dominica                                   -               -           6,083           6,083                                                               6,083           August 1, 2005
 10   Dominican Republic                         -               -         219,433         219,433                                                             219,433         September 1, 2005
 11   Gambia                                     -               -           3,489           3,489            31,525           37,910         69,435            72,924            July 18, 2007
 12   Guinea-Bissau                              -                                               -           109,897           51,529        161,426           161,426           January 1, 1996
 13   Iraq                                       -       5,376,753         101,720       5,478,473                                                           5,478,473            March 1, 1993
 14   Liberia                                    -                                               -             35,587          35,587          71,174           71,174         September 1, 2005
 15   Marshall Islands                           -               -           4,929           4,929                                                               4,929           October 1, 2005
 16   Myanmar                                    -               -          62,174          62,174                                                              62,174           October 1, 2005
 17   Papua New Guinea                           -               -          14,518          14,518                                                              14,518             July 1, 2005
 18   Paraguay                                   -               -          45,049          45,049                 -                 -             -            45,049           August 23, 2007
 19   Sao Tome and Principe                      -          16,571           6,357          22,928           212,868                         212,868           235,796         September 21, 2007
 20   Sierra Leone                               -               -           6,310           6,310             7,719           14,108         21,827            28,137          December 5, 2006
 21   Somalia                                   30         336,135           6,357         342,522                                                             342,522          December 1, 1989
 22   Sudan                                    560               -          33,743          34,303                                                              34,303            June 27, 2006

      TOTAL                                     680       6,016,680       6,368,690      12,386,050         3,060,272       3,343,865       6,404,137       18,790,187

Note:
(1) This is the total to be paid by each Member State in order to obtain voting rights under the cumulative provisions of Article IV.C.8(b) of the Constitution and Rule 83,
    paragraph 9, of the Rules of Procedure of the General Conference
                                                                                                                     SCHEDULE 2

                                                                   ARREARS OF CONTRIBUTIONS OF MEMBER STATES INVOKING THE PROVISIONS
                                                                  OF ARTICLE IV.C, PARAGRAPH 8(c) OF THE CONSTITUTION AT 21 SEPTEMBER 2007

                                                                                                                  CONTRIBUTIONS DUE


                                             Advances due   Balance due       Balance due       Balance due        Balance due       Balance due    Balance due    Balance due    Balance due    Instalments on TOTAL Balance     Date of last
Date of request        Member State
                                               to WCF        1988-1991         1992-1993         1994-1995          1996-1997         1998-1999      2000-2001      2002-2003      2004-2005     payment plans      due            payment
                                                  $              $                 $                 $                  $                 $              $                                              $            $

  04-Jun-07       Iraq                                 -         524,645           830,652         1,026,533          1,059,586           471,772        571,585        891,980        101,720                      5,478,473     March 1993
  26-Jul-07       Central African Republic             -                                                                                                                                 6,357         188,019        194,376      July 2007
  04-Sep-07       Gambia                               -                                                                                                                                 3,489          69,435         72,924      July 2007
  07-Sep-07       Sao Tome and Principe                -                  -                 -                 -                  -          5,422          5,445          5,704          6,357         212,868        235,796   September 2007

                  TOTAL                                -         524,645           830,652         1,026,533          1,059,586           477,194        577,030        897,684        117,923         470,322      5,981,569




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 34 C/12 Add.2 – page 3
                                                                                                                                            34 C/12 Add.2 – page 4
                                                               SCHEDULE 3

                                 REQUESTS MADE FOR VOTING RIGHTS AND PERMISSION GRANTED
                                   BY THE GENERAL CONFERENCE AT ITS LAST FIVE SESSIONS

                                                                                     Sessions at which request made and permission
                                                                                       to vote granted are crossed as appropriate


                   Communications
 Annex N°                                           Member States                 29th         30th        31st         32nd        33rd
                      received
                        Date

       I              04-Jun-07             Iraq                                   X           X            X            X              X
      II              26-Jul-07             Central African Republic             Note 2      Note 1         X            X              X
     III              04-Sep-07             Gambia                                 X           X            X          Note 1
     IV               07-Sep-07             Sao Tome and Principe                  X                      Note 1


Notes:
(1) : request made but not granted
(2) : the Member State paid the amounts required for voting rights in conformity with ArticleIV.C, paragraph 8(b) of the Constitution

Annex I is to be found in document 34 C/12.
Annexes II and III are to be found in document 34 C/12 Add.
                                                                                  34 C/12 Add.2
                                                                                  Annex IV

                                             ANNEX IV

                 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE

                         Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
                               National Commission for UNESCO
                                      Unity-Discipline-Work


Mr Koïchiro Matsuura
Director-General of UNESCO
Paris, France

N/Ref.: 012/CNU/MECJD/2007


Sir,



     I have the honour to inform you that the Government of the Democratic Republic of Sao
Tome and Principe wishes to avail itself of the right to vote at the 34th session of the General
Conference and at the same time to regularize the situation regarding its arrears in contributions
owed to the Organization.

      The Government of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome wishes to confirm its commitment
to the purposes and objectives of UNESCO, and is anxious to participate fully in the work of the
Organization. The outstanding contributions, which amount to US$238,527, have not been paid on
account of the following circumstances, which are beyond the control of the government. For
several years the country has been experiencing financial difficulties, which have prevented the
country from fulfilling its obligations to international organizations, especially UNESCO.

      The government takes this opportunity to inform you that it has just deposited the
contributions due for 2006-2007 to the value of US $2,800, and reiterates its willingness to continue
to honour its agreement.

       Accept, Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration.



Sao Tome National Commission for UNESCO, 7 September 2007



                                                           The Minister

                                                              (Signed)

                                            Maria de Fátima de Sousa Lelte de Almelda

                                       (President of the National Commission for UNESCO)
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                                                                            34 C/12 Add.3
                                                                            5 October 2007
                                                                            Original: English




             Item 1.3 of the provisional agenda


            REPORT BY THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL ON COMMUNICATIONS
           RECEIVED FROM MEMBER STATES INVOKING THE PROVISIONS
             OF ARTICLE IV.C, PARAGRAPH 8(c), OF THE CONSTITUTION


                                             ADDENDUM 3


      Since the preparation of document 34 C/12 Add.2, one Member State has paid its arrears of
contributions and/or arrears due on payment plans in excess of levels allowed in the Constitution
with regard to voting rights at the General Conference. In addition, two additional communications
from Member States (Annexes V and VI of this addendum 3) have been received invoking the
provisions of Article IV.C, paragraph 8(c), of the Constitution to obtain voting rights at the General
Conference.

      This addendum gives updated information as follows:



                                        SUMMARY OF SCHEDULES

Schedule 1                  Member States at risk of losing voting rights at 30 September 2007.

Schedule 2                  Arrears of contributions of Member States invoking the provisions of
                            Article IV.C, paragraph 8(c), of the Constitution at 30 September 2007.

Schedule 3                  Requests made for voting rights and permission granted by the General
                            Conference at its last five sessions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       34 C/12 Add.3 – page 2
                                                                                           SCHEDULE 1

                                           MEMBER STATES AT RISK OF LOSING VOTING RIGHTS AS AT 30 SEPTEMBER 2007


                                                        Arrears of contributions                          Instalments due under payment plans
                                          Working
                                                        2003 and                                            2006 and                          Total           TOTAL
            Member States                 Capital                       2004-2005      Total arrears                          2007                                              Date of last payment
                                                       prior years                                         prior years                     instalments      ARREARS (1)
                                           Fund

  1   Antigua and Barbuda                         -         264 923          19 072         283 995            152 920                         152 920            436 915          octobre-1987
  2   Argentina                                   -               -       5 803 771       5 803 771          1 487 812       3 128 933       4 616 745         10 420 516         septembre-2007
  3   Cape Verde                                 30               -           6 357           6 387                                                                 6 387            juillet-2003
  4   Central African Republic                    -               -           6 357           6 357            188 019                         188 019            194 376            juillet-2007
  5   Chad                                       30          11 149           6 357          17 536            389 709                         389 709            407 245          octobre-1999
  6   Comoros                                    30               -           6 357           6 387            227 394          75 798         303 192            309 579          octobre-2003
  7   Cook Islands                                -               -           3 900           3 900                                                                 3 900             avril-2003
  8   Djibouti                                    -          11 149           6 357          17 506            216 822                         216 822            234 328           janvier-2006
  9   Dominica                                    -               -           6 083           6 083                                                                 6 083             août-2005
 10   Dominican Republic                          -               -         219 433         219 433                                                               219 433         septembre-2005
 11   Gambia                                      -               -           3 489           3 489             31 525          37 910          69 435             72 924            juillet-2007
 12   Guinea-Bissau                               -                                               -            109 897          51 529         161 426            161 426           janvier-1996
 13   Iraq                                        -       5 376 753         101 720       5 478 473                                                             5 478 473            mars-1993
 14   Liberia                                     -                                               -             35 587          35 587          71 174             71 174         septembre-2005
 15   Marshall Islands                            -               -           4 929           4 929                                                                 4 929          octobre-2005
 16   Papua New Guinea                            -               -          14 518          14 518                                                                14 518            juillet-2005
 17   Paraguay                                    -               -          45 049          45 049                  -                 -             -             45 049             août-2007
 18   Sao Tome and Principe                       -          16 571           6 357          22 928            212 868                         212 868            235 796         septembre-2007
 19   Sierra Leone                                -               -           6 310           6 310              7 719          14 108          21 827             28 137         décembre-2006
 20   Somalia                                    30         336 135           6 357         342 522                                                               342 522         décembre-1989
 21   Sudan                                     560               -          33 743          34 303                                                                34 303             juin-2006

      TOTAL                                      680       6 016 680       6 306 516      12 323 876          3 060 272       3 343 865       6 404 137         18 728 013

Note :
 (1) This is the total to be paid by each Member State in order to obtain voting rights under the cumulative provisions of Article IV.C.8(b) of the Constitution and Rule 83,
     paragraph 9, of the Rules of Procedure of the General Conference
                                                                                                           SCHEDULE 2

                                                                   ARREARS OF CONTRIBUTIONS OF MEMBER STATES INVOKING THE PROVISIONS
                                                                  OF ARTICLE IV.C, PARAGRAPH 8(c) OF THE CONSTITUTION AT 30 SEPTEMBER 2007

                                                                                                        CONTRIBUTIONS DUE


                                             Advances due   Balance due    Balance due    Balance due    Balance due    Balance due    Balance due    Balance due    Balance due    Instalments on TOTAL Balance     Date of last
Date of request        Member State
                                               to WCF        1988-1991      1992-1993      1994-1995      1996-1997      1998-1999      2000-2001      2002-2003      2004-2005     payment plans      due            payment
                                                  $              $              $              $              $              $              $                                              $            $

   4-juin-07      Iraq                                 -         524 645        830 652      1 026 533      1 059 586        471 772        571 585        891 980        101 720                      5 478 473     mars 1993
   26-juil-07     Central African Republic             -                                                                                                                    6 357         188 019        194 376     juillet 2007
  4-sept-07       Gambia                               -                                                                                                                    3 489          69 435         72 924     juillet 2007
  7-sept-07       Sao Tome and Principe                -              -              -              -              -           5 422          5 445          5 704          6 357         212 868        235 796   septembre 2007
  29-sept-07      Somalia                             30        103 293         63 897         76 034         76 340           5 422          5 445          5 704          6 357                        342 522   décembre 1989
   1-oct-07       Paraguay                             -                                                                                                                   45 049                         45 049      août 2007

                  TOTAL                               30         627 938        894 549      1 102 567      1 135 926        482 616        582 475        903 388        169 329         470 322      6 369 140




                                                                                                                                                                                                                             34 C/12 Add.3 – page 3
                                                                                                                                            34 C/12 Add.3 – page 4
                                                               SCHEDULE 3

                                 REQUESTS MADE FOR VOTING RIGHTS AND PERMISSION GRANTED
                                   BY THE GENERAL CONFERENCE AT ITS LAST FIVE SESSIONS

                                                                                     Sessions at which request made and permission
                                                                                       to vote granted are crossed as appropriate


                   Communications
 Annex N°                                           Member States                 29th         30th        31st         32nd        33rd
                      received
                        Date

       I               4-juin-07            Iraq                                   X           X            X            X              X
      II               26-juil-07           Central African Republic             Note 2      Note 1         X            X              X
     III               4-sept-07            Gambia                                 X           X            X          Note 1
     IV                7-sept-07            Sao Tome and Principe                  X                      Note 1
      V               29-sept-07            Somalia                              Note 1      Note 1                      X              X
     VI                 1-oct-07            Paraguay                                                         X         Note 1

Notes:
(1) : request made but not granted
(2) : the Member State paid the amounts required for voting rights in conformity with ArticleIV.C, paragraph 8(b) of the Constitution

Annex I is to be found in document 34 C/12.
Annexes II and III are to be found in document 34 C/12 Add.
Annex IV is to be found in document 34 C/12 Add.2
                                                                                          34 C/12 Add.3
                                                                                          Annex V

                                               ANNEX V


Permanent Delegation of Somalia to UNESCO
1, rue Miollis
75015 Paris

                                                                             Paris, 29 September 2007

Ref.: XSUN/06/07

Sir,

      As you are aware, the Somali Republic has recently emerged from a very long civil war that
lasted over seventeen years and devastated the country, totally destroying its economy and
development capacity. Consequently, the Somali Republic has not been able to settle its arrears in
contributions owed to UNESCO, which amount to $342,522.

       However, I should like to confirm the commitment of the Transitional Federal Government of
the Somali Republic to the purposes and objectives of UNESCO. The Government is anxious to
participate fully in the Organization’s activities and wishes to avail itself of the right to vote at the
34th session of the General Conference.

    Accordingly, in view of the above, my Government will very shortly be taking the necessary
measures to settle its arrears.

     Asking for your understanding, I should be grateful if you would transmit to the General
Conference my Government’s request that it be authorized to vote at the 34th session of the
General Conference.

      In the hope that this request will receive favourable consideration, I take this opportunity, Sir,
to assure you of my highest consideration.


                                                                          [Signed]


                                                                     Saïd H. M. Farah

                                                                       Ambassador
                                                                   Permanent Delegate
                                                                  of Somalia to UNESCO
                                                                                       34 C/12 Add.3
                                                                                       Annex VI

                                              ANNEX VI

H.E. Koïchiro Matsuura
Director-General
UNESCO
7, place de Fontenoy
75007 Paris

Ministry of Education and Culture
                                                                            Asunción, 1 October 2007

N.No. 439/07

Sir,

      I have the honour to inform you that the Government of Paraguay wishes to obtain the right
to vote at the 34th session of the General Conference of UNESCO and at the same time to settle
the arrears in contributions owed to the Organization.

     The Government of Paraguay wishes to confirm its commitment to the ideals and objectives
of UNESCO and is anxious to participate fully in the work of the Organization. The contributions of
$67,863 and €25,232 outstanding have not been paid due to circumstances beyond the control of
the Government of Paraguay. In fact, the payments made on the transfer date were based on
the budget available to this government service.

Accordingly, Paraguay:

       (a)   has taken the following measures in order to settle its arrears.

                 DATE OF PAYMENT                       AMOUNT IN $
                           23/08/07                                      47,286.13
                           23/08/07                                      71,983.87
                TOTAL                                                   119,270.00

       (b)   wishes to submit to the General Conference of UNESCO proposals for the settlement
             of the contributions and instalments due, as follows:

Proposed form of payment as of 2008:

   • Three (3) instalments of $22,621 to be paid in United States dollars for a total of
     $67,683, and

   • Three (3) instalments of €8,411 for a total sum of €25,233.

At the same time, Paraguay will continue to pay its current contributions in full in the years for
which they become due.

Proposed payment date:

       30 June each year

       I would also request that you transmit to the General Conference my Government’s hope that
it be authorized to vote at the 34th session of the General Conference.
34 C/12 Add.3
Annex VI – page 2

      In the hope that this request will receive favourable consideration, I take this opportunity, Sir,
to assure you of my highest consideration.


                                                                         [Signed]


                                                                    María Éster Jiménez

                                                                         Minister

CC: Getachew Engida, Comptroller

Mr Koïchiro Matsuura
Director-General
UNESCO
Paris, France




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                                                                           34 C/12 Add.4
                                                                           15 October 2007
                                                                           Original: English/French




             Item 1.3 of the provisional agenda


            REPORT BY THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL ON COMMUNICATIONS
           RECEIVED FROM MEMBER STATES INVOKING THE PROVISIONS
             OF ARTICLE IV.C, PARAGRAPH 8(c), OF THE CONSTITUTION


                           ADDENDUM 4 – CONSOLIDATED DATA


       Since the preparation of document 34 C/12, 17 Member States have paid their arrears of
contributions and/or arrears due on payment plans in excess of levels allowed in the Constitution
with regard to voting rights at the General Conference. 18 Member States are at risk of losing their
voting rights as of 12 October 2007. Seven of these 18 Member States have sent their
communications to UNESCO (Annexes I to VII of this addendum 4) invoking the provisions of
Article IV.C, paragraph 8(c), of the Constitution to obtain voting rights at the General Conference.

     This addendum gives updated information as follows:



                                       SUMMARY OF SCHEDULES

Schedule 1                 Member States at risk of losing voting rights at 12 October 2007.

Schedule 2                 Arrears of contributions of Member States invoking the provisions of
                           Article IV.C, paragraph 8(c), of the Constitution at 12 October 2007.

Schedule 3                 Requests made for voting rights and permission granted by the General
                           Conference at its last five sessions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   34 C/12 Add.4 – page 2
                                                                                          SCHEDULE 1

                                   MEMBER STATES AT RISK OF LOSING VOTING RIGHTS AS AT 12 October 2007


                                                        Arrears of contributions                         Instalments due under payment plans
                                         Working
                                                        2003 and                                           2006 and                          Total            TOTAL
            Member States                Capital                        2004-2005     Total arrears                           2007                                              Date of last payment
                                                       prior years                                        prior years                     instalments       ARREARS (1)
                                          Fund

  1   Antigua and Barbuda                         -         264,923          19,072         283,995            152,920                         152,920            436,915          October-1987
  2   Argentina                                   -               -       5,803,771       5,803,771            481,523       3,128,933       3,610,456          9,414,227          October-2007
  3   Cape Verde                                 30               -           6,357           6,387                                                                 6,387            July-2003
  4   Central African Republic                    -               -           6,357           6,357            184,499                         184,499            190,856          October-2007
  5   Chad                                       30          11,149           6,357          17,536            389,709                         389,709            407,245          October-1999
  6   Comoros                                    30               -           6,357           6,387            227,394          75,798         303,192            309,579          October-2003
  7   Djibouti                                    -          11,149           6,357          17,506            216,822                         216,822            234,328          January-2006
  8   Dominican Republic                          -               -         219,433         219,433                                                               219,433         September-2005
  9   Gambia                                      -               -           3,489           3,489             31,525          37,910          69,435             72,924            July-2007
 10   Guinea-Bissau                               -                                               -            109,897          51,529         161,426            161,426          January-1996
 11   Iraq                                        -       5,376,753         101,720       5,478,473                                                             5,478,473           March-1993
 12   Marshall Islands                            -               -           4,929           4,929                                                                 4,929          October-2005
 13   Papua New Guinea                            -               -          14,518          14,518                                                                14,518            July-2005
 14   Paraguay                                    -               -          45,049          45,049                  -                -              -             45,049          August-2007
 15   Sao Tome and Principe                       -          16,571           6,357          22,928            212,868                         212,868            235,796         September-2007
 16   Sierra Leone                                -               -           6,310           6,310              7,719          14,108          21,827             28,137         December-2006
 17   Somalia                                    30         336,135           6,357         342,522                                                               342,522         December-1989
 18   Sudan                                     560               -          33,743          34,303                                                                34,303           June-2006

      TOTAL                                      680      6,016,680       6,296,533      12,313,893          2,014,876       3,308,278       5,323,154         17,637,047

Note :
 (1) This is the total to be paid by each Member State in order to obtain voting rights under the cumulative provisions of Article IV.C.8(b) of the Constitution and Rule 83,
     paragraph 9, of the Rules of Procedure of the General Conference
                                                                                                                     SCHEDULE 2

                                                                    ARREARS OF CONTRIBUTIONS OF MEMBER STATES INVOKING THE PROVISIONS
                                                                    OF ARTICLE IV.C, PARAGRAPH 8(c) OF THE CONSTITUTION AT 12 OCTOBER 2007

                                                                                                                  CONTRIBUTIONS DUE


                                             Advances due   Balance due       Balance due       Balance due        Balance due       Balance due       Balance due    Balance due    Balance due    Instalments on TOTAL Balance     Date of last
Date of request         Member State
                                               to WCF        1988-1991         1992-1993         1994-1995          1996-1997         1998-1999         2000-2001      2002-2003      2004-2005     payment plans      due            payment
                                                  $              $                 $                 $                  $                 $                 $                                              $            $

  04-Jun-07       Iraq                                 -         524,645           830,652         1,026,533          1,059,586           471,772           571,585        891,980        101,720                      5,478,473    March 1993
  26-Jul-07       Central African Republic             -               -                                                                                                                    6,357         184,499        190,856    October 2007
  04-Sep-07       Gambia                               -               -                                                                                                                    3,489          69,435         72,924     July 2007
  07-Sep-07
  03-Oct-07       Sao Tome and Principe                -              -                 -                 -                  -              5,422             5,445          5,704          6,357         212,868        235,796   September 2007
  29-Sep-07       Somalia                             30        103,293            63,897            76,034             76,340              5,422             5,445          5,704          6,357                        342,522   December 1989
  01-Oct-07       Paraguay                             -                                                                                                                                   45,049                         45,049    August 2007
  03-Oct-07
  08-Oct-07       Djibouti                             -                  -                 -                 -                  -                 -          5,445          5,704          6,357         216,822        234,328    August 2007

                  TOTAL                               30         627,938           894,549         1,102,567          1,135,926           482,616           587,920        909,092        175,686         683,624      6,599,948




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    34 C/12 Add.4 – page 3
                                                                                                                                            34 C/12 Add.4 – page 4
                                                               SCHEDULE 3

                                REQUESTS MADE FOR VOTING RIGHTS AND PERMISSION GRANTED
                                  BY THE GENERAL CONFERENCE AT ITS LAST FIVE SESSIONS

                                                                                     Sessions at which request made and permission
                                                                                       to vote granted are crossed as appropriate


                  Communications
 Annex N°                                            Member States                29th         30th        31st         32nd        33rd
                     received
                       Date

       I              04-Jun-07           Iraq                                     X           X             X           X              X
      II              26-Jul-07           Central African Republic               Note 2      Note 1          X           X              X
     III              04-Sep-07           Gambia                                   X           X             X         Note 1
                      07-Sep-07
    IV                03-Oct-07           Sao Tome and Principe                    X                      Note 1
     V                29-Sep-07           Somalia                                Note 1      Note 1                      X              X
    VI                01-Oct-07           Paraguay                                                           X         Note 1
                      03-Oct-07
    VII               08-Oct-07           Djibouti                               Note 1         X                                  Note 1

Notes:
(1) : request made but not granted
(2) : the Member State paid the amounts required for voting rights in conformity with ArticleIV.C, paragraph 8(b) of the Constitution
                                                                                   34 C/12 Add.4
                                                                                   Annex I

                                             ANNEX I

Permanent Delegation
of the Republic of Irak to UNESCO
Paris



Ref.:      94

Date:      04/06/2007



Sir,

I have the honour to refer to your letter No. DCO/33AC2, dated 29/12/2006 and addressed to the
Minister of Education, concerning Iraq’s contributions to the UNESCO budget whose payment
remains due from Iraq’s contributions for 1990-2007.

You are aware, Sir, of the exceptional circumstances and difficulties that Iraq is currently facing,
that are indeed universally known. As a result, it is currently impossible for Iraq to pay the above-
mentioned contributions. It undertakes to settle them when circumstances have improved.

My Government wishes to resume its effective contributions to UNESCO’s activities and wishes to
continue to exercise its right to vote at the 34th session of the General Conference, and to do so in
accordance with the provisions of Article IV.C, paragraph 8(c) of the Constitution of UNESCO.

My Government also confirms that it will immediately take all the necessary steps to draw up a
plan for the settlement of all arrears as soon as the aforementioned exceptional circumstances
have come to an end.

Please accept, Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration.



                                                                   [signed]

                                                             M. Alkateeb
                                           Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Iraq to UNESCO




Mr Koïchiro Matsuura
Director-General of UNESCO
                                                                                  34 C/12 Add.4
                                                                                  Annex II

                                            ANNEX II


MINISTRY OF NATIONAL EDUCATION,                     CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
LITERACY, HIGHER EDUCATION                             Unity – Dignity – Work
AND RESEARCH



THE MINISTER’s OFFICE

No. 274/MENAESR/DCAB                                                  Bangui, 26 July 2007

                                                           Mr Koïchiro Matsuura
                                                           Director-General of UNESCO
                                                           7, place de Fontenoy
                                                           75352 PARIS 07 SP
                                                           FRANCE

Sir,

      I have the honour to inform you that the Government of the Central African Republic wishes
to avail itself of the right to vote at the 34th session of the General Conference and at the same
time to regularize the situation regarding the arrears of contributions owed to the Organization.

     The Government of the Central African Republic wishes to confirm its commitment to         the
purposes and objectives of UNESCO and is anxious to participate fully in the work of            the
Organization. The outstanding contributions, which amount to US $211,481 and €2,968, have       not
been paid on account of the following circumstances, which are beyond the control of            the
Government and are explained below.

       For nearly two decades now, the Central African Republic has been experiencing recurrent
military and political upheavals that have affected all its social structures with tragic and
widespread consequences, including the undermining of its economy which, like those of all the
least developed countries, is weak at the best of times.

      The people expressed themselves through universal suffrage in 2005, making it possible to
establish democratic structures and raising considerable hope for a return to social peace and
economic recovery.

       However, the regions of the north, north-west and north-east of the Central African Republic
are confronted with a wave of insecurity stemming from hostile actions by armed bands that are
terrorizing and carrying out violence against the civil population. This situation, which is an
extension of the conflicts in the Darfur region (Sudan shares a long border with the Central African
Republic), has considerably curtailed the efforts made by the Central African Republic’s
Government to build up its moribund economy. These efforts are often checked by the hostilities
and, as is the case at present, the country is invaded by waves of refugees and displaced persons.
The Central African Republic is compelled on humanitarian grounds to take in these refugees and
use its meagre resources to improve safety in conflict areas.

      Consequently, the Central African Republic cannot honour its sovereign expenses: the
State’s civil servants and employees are owed more than 20 months’ salary arrears.

    Furthermore, a downward trend can be noted in the fight against AIDS in the Central African
Republic, which is the Central African country with the highest infection rate.
34 C/12 Add.4
Annex II – page 2

      Thus, the Central African Republic’s delay in paying the arrears of contributions owed to the
UNESCO budget is the consequence of unfortunate circumstances and external factors beyond its
control. The Government is seeking ways and means of ensuring that the country emerges from
the rebellion that is still rife. Only international solidarity will enable the country to find peace again.

      Accordingly, in view of the above,

     The Central African Republic wishes to submit to the UNESCO General Conference
proposals for the settlement of the contributions due, as follows:

      In 2007 the Central African Republic will pay €2,968 and US $6,278.

     The remaining amount, i.e. US $205,203, will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of
US $17,101 per month.

     The Central African Republic will settle its arrears of contributions due for 2006 and previous
years in 12 equal monthly instalments before 30 June each year as from March 2008, and at the
same time it will pay its contributions in full for the current year and the years ahead in the year in
which they become due.

     I should be grateful if you would transmit to the General Conference my Government’s
request that it be permitted to vote at the 34th session of the General Conference.

      In the hope that this request will receive a favourable response, I take this opportunity,
Mr Director-General, to convey on behalf of the Government my deep gratitude and assure you of
my highest consideration.


                                                                            (signed)


                                                                   Charles Armel Doubane
                                                                Minister of National Education,
                                                          Literacy, Higher Education and Research
            34 C/12 Add.4
            Annex III

ANNEX III
34 C/12 Add.4
Annex III – page 2
34 C/12 Add.4
Annex III – page 3
                                                                                 34 C/12 Add.4
                                                                                 Annex IV

                                            ANNEX IV


                 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE

                      Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
                            National Commission for UNESCO
                                   Unity-Discipline-Work


Mr Koïchiro Matsuura
Director-General of UNESCO
Paris, France

N/Ref.: 012/CNU/MECJD/2007


Sir,

     I have the honour to inform you that the Government of the Democratic Republic of Sao
Tome and Principe wishes to avail itself of the right to vote at the 34th session of the General
Conference and at the same time to regularize the situation regarding its arrears in contributions
owed to the Organization.

      The Government of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome wishes to confirm its commitment
to the purposes and objectives of UNESCO, and is anxious to participate fully in the work of the
Organization. The outstanding contributions, which amount to US$238,527, have not been paid on
account of the following circumstances, which are beyond the control of the government. For
several years the country has been experiencing financial difficulties, which have prevented the
country from fulfilling its obligations to international organizations, especially UNESCO.

      The government takes this opportunity to inform you that it has just deposited the
contributions due for 2006-2007 to the value of US $2,800, and reiterates its willingness to
continue to honour its agreement.

       Accept, Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration.



Sao Tome National Commission for UNESCO, 7 September 2007



                                                          The Minister

                                                            (Signed)

                                          Maria de Fátima de Sousa Lelte de Almelda
                                      (President of the National Commission for UNESCO)
34 C/12 Add.4
Annex IV – page 2



                    DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE

                         Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport


N/Ref.: /MECJD/2007



Sir,

      I have the honour to inform you that the Government of Sao Tome and Principe wishes to
exercise the right to vote at the 34th session of the General Conference of UNESCO and,
concomitantly, to regularize the situation of its arrears of assessed contributions owed to the
Organization.

      The Government of Sao Tome and Principe wishes to affirm its attachment to the aims and
objectives of UNESCO and desires very much to participate fully in the Organization’s activities.
The contributions due, which amount to US $241,896, have not been paid owing to circumstances
beyond the will of our government, as explained herewith:

       –       debt servicing payments to the World Bank/International Monetary Fund (we point out
               that Sao Tome and Principe’s debt has just been cancelled by the cooperation
               partners);

       –       insufficient financial resources;

       –       inability to attract foreign investment owing to the relative political instability (several
               changes of government).

    Accordingly, in view of the foregoing, Sao Tome and Principe has taken the following
measures to settle its arrears, which amount to a total of US $241,896.

       Sao Tome and Principe wishes to submit to the General Conference of UNESCO proposals
for the payment of the contributions that it owes, according to the following payment plan:

       2007:      US $5,000
       2008:      US $35,316 + contribution for 2008
       2009:      US $40,316 + contribution for 2009
       2010:      US $40,316 + contribution for 2010
       2011:      US $40,316 + contribution for 2011
       2012:      US $40,316 + contribution for 2012
       2013:      US $40,316 + contribution for 2013




Mr Koïchiro Matsuura
Director-General of UNESCO
Paris, France
                                                                              34 C/12 Add.4
                                                                              Annex IV – page 3

     I should be grateful if you would transmit to the General Conference my Government’s
request for authorization to take part in the voting at the 34th session of the General Conference.

     I hope that this request will be favourably received.

     Accept, Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration.



Sao Tome, 1 October 2007



                                               Maria de Fátima Leite de Sousa Almeida

                                                                Minister
                                                                                      34 C/12 Add.3
                                                                                      Annex V

                                               ANNEX V


Permanent Delegation of Somalia to UNESCO
1, rue Miollis
75015 Paris

                                                                             Paris, 29 September 2007

Ref.: XSUN/06/07

Sir,

      As you are aware, the Somali Republic has recently emerged from a very long civil war that
lasted over seventeen years and devastated the country, totally destroying its economy and
development capacity. Consequently, the Somali Republic has not been able to settle its arrears in
contributions owed to UNESCO, which amount to $342,522.

       However, I should like to confirm the commitment of the Transitional Federal Government of
the Somali Republic to the purposes and objectives of UNESCO. The Government is anxious to
participate fully in the Organization’s activities and wishes to avail itself of the right to vote at the
34th session of the General Conference.

    Accordingly, in view of the above, my Government will very shortly be taking the necessary
measures to settle its arrears.

     Asking for your understanding, I should be grateful if you would transmit to the General
Conference my Government’s request that it be authorized to vote at the 34th session of the
General Conference.

      In the hope that this request will receive favourable consideration, I take this opportunity, Sir,
to assure you of my highest consideration.


                                                                          [Signed]


                                                                     Saïd H. M. Farah

                                                                       Ambassador
                                                                   Permanent Delegate
                                                                  of Somalia to UNESCO
                                                                                     34 C/12 Add.4
                                                                                     Annex VI

                                              ANNEX VI

H.E. Koïchiro Matsuura
Director-General
UNESCO
7, place de Fontenoy
75007 Paris

Ministry of Education and Culture
                                                                            Asunción, 1 October 2007

N.No. 439/07

Sir,

      I have the honour to inform you that the Government of Paraguay wishes to obtain the right
to vote at the 34th session of the General Conference of UNESCO and at the same time to settle
the arrears in contributions owed to the Organization.

     The Government of Paraguay wishes to confirm its commitment to the ideals and objectives
of UNESCO and is anxious to participate fully in the work of the Organization. The contributions of
$67,863 and €25,232 outstanding have not been paid due to circumstances beyond the control of
the Government of Paraguay. In fact, the payments made on the transfer date were based on
the budget available to this government service.

Accordingly, Paraguay:

       (a)   has taken the following measures in order to settle its arrears.

                 DATE OF PAYMENT                       AMOUNT IN $
                           23/08/07                                      47,286.13
                           23/08/07                                      71,983.87
                TOTAL                                                   119,270.00

       (b)   wishes to submit to the General Conference of UNESCO proposals for the settlement
             of the contributions and instalments due, as follows:

Proposed form of payment as of 2008:

   • Three (3) instalments of $22,621 to be paid in United States dollars for a total of
     $67,683, and

   • Three (3) instalments of €8,411 for a total sum of €25,233.

At the same time, Paraguay will continue to pay its current contributions in full in the years for
which they become due.

Proposed payment date:

       30 June each year

       I would also request that you transmit to the General Conference my Government’s hope that
it be authorized to vote at the 34th session of the General Conference.
34 C/12 Add.4
Annex VI – page 2

      In the hope that this request will receive favourable consideration, I take this opportunity, Sir,
to assure you of my highest consideration.


                                                                         [Signed]


                                                                   María Éster Jiménez

                                                                         Minister

CC: Getachew Engida, Comptroller

Mr Koïchiro Matsuura
Director-General
UNESCO
Paris, France
                                                                                    34 C/12 Add.4
                                                                                    Annex VII

                                            ANNEX VII


Embassy of the Republic of Djibouti

The Ambassador

                                                                              Paris, 3 October 2007

                                                                              No. 1377/AMB/07



Sir,

      I have the honour to inform you that the Republic of Djibouti has decided to settle its arrears
of contributions to UNESCO, with a view to recovering its full prerogatives within the Organization
and, in particular, its right to vote.

     To that end, our Government paid a sum of ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS
($100,000) on 3 October 2007 into UNESCO’s account and requests that you allow that the
remaining amount be paid by instalments over a period of four years.

       I am relying on your support,

       Accept, Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration.

       Thank you.



                                                                  [signed]

                                                            Rachad Farah



Mr Koïchiro Matsuura
Director-General of UNESCO
7 place de Fontenoy
75007 Paris


Enclosure: Bank transfer order
34 C/12 Add.4
Annex VII – page 2



Embassy of the Republic of Djibouti

The Ambassador


No. 1411/AMB/07

                                                                              Paris, 8 October 2007



Sir,

      With reference to letter No. 1377/AMB/2007 informing you of the payment of an amount of
one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) with a view to recovering our right to vote at the
34th session of the UNESCO General Conference, I have the honour to submit to you the reasons
why the Republic of Djibouti has not, in the past, been able to honour its contribution.

      The Republic of Djibouti was confronted by civil war in the 1990s and so it was unable to
honour its commitments for a certain period. Our country has since made constant efforts to put its
finances on a healthy footing in order to meet its commitments to its partners.

      Accordingly, as a gesture of goodwill, my Government has paid $100,000 out of the
remaining amount owed to UNESCO and has requested that it be allowed to pay the amount
outstanding in instalments and to retain its right to vote.

       I thank you for your support,

       Please accept, Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration.



                                                                   [signed]

                                                               Rachad Farah




H.E. Mr Koïchiro Matsuura
Director-General of UNESCO




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