KUALA LUMPUR, 12th November, 2015 (WAM) — Malaysia has been elected to UNESCO’s Executive Board for the 2015-2019 term, after earning the highest votes among Asia-Pacific countries, the Malaysian news agency, Bernama, reported today.

Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO Secretary-General, Mohd Khairul Adib Abd Rahman, said the result was announced at the 12th Plenary Meeting of the 38th General Conference on Wednesday in Paris, France.

He said that Malaysia received 165 votes, followed by Vietnam, 156, Sri Lanka, 149, Korea, 137, Pakistan, 135 and Iran, 128.

“UNESCO’s Executive Board comprises 58 elected members and 186 countries from a total of 195 member countries were eligible to vote,” he said in a statement.

Abd Rahman said that Malaysia was also elected to the Inter-governmental Council for Information For All Programme, IFAP, under the organisation’s Communication and Information Commission.