NZ National Commission for UNESCO chairman, Bryan Gould and a small delegation took part in the 35th Session of the organisation’s General Conference in Paris this month. They participated in a review of the Programme and Budget for the years 2011 and 2012, and considered a number of current issues such as climate change and the impact of the economic recession internationally. New Zealand was elected to the Intergovernmental Committee on MOST (Management of Social Transformations) and will be represented on that Committee by Professor Richard Bedford, of Waikato University. New Zealand will also have a position on the Legal Committee, represented by Victoria Hallum, Permanent Delegate to UNESCO from the New Zealand Embassy in Paris. A number of key decisions were made, including the election of a new Director General.