UNESCO executive board elects new chief.
Cummins of Barbados as its Chairperson for 2012-2013.
Cummins, an acclaimed authority on Caribbean heritage, museum development
and art, received 53 votes from the 58-member Board. Four countries abstained,
and another was absent.
Alissandra Cummins has a long association with UNESCO. From 2004 to 2010,
she served as President of the International Council of Museums, a leading
UNESCO partner in cultural activities.
A widely published author, she has also held high-level posts on a number
of key UNESCO committees, including the World Heritage Committee and the
International Advisory Committee for the Memory of the World Programme. Since
1985 she has held the position of Director of the Barbados Museum and
UNESCO's Executive Board oversees the execution of the programme adopted by
the General Conference. It meets twice a year.
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