ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has recently been elected to various bodies within the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization during the 39th Session of the General Conference held in Paris this month, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

Pakistan was elected to the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its countries of origin or its restitution in case of illicit appropriation for four-year term 2018-2021, the foreign ministry statement said.

Pakistan was elected to the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication for four years term 2018-2021.

Pakistan was also elected to the Intergovernmental Council of the Management of Social Transformation Programme for four years term 2018-2021, the statement added.

It was elected to the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations for two years term 2017-2019.

Pakistan’s election to the Unesco bodies demonstrates not only the strong credentials that Pakistan enjoys within the multilateral arena but is a reflection of the confidence of the international community in Pakistan’s constructive leadership role within the Unesco, said the statement.

As member of various Unesco bodies, Pakistan will continue to proactively engage with other members and further our efforts to ensure that the organisation’s work is guided by its ideals, especially on promotion of education and science and respect for all cultures within the comity of nations, it added.