Two years ago UNESCO set up a Commission in the Cooks creating greater exposure of UNESCO here. Previously it had been one person and a desk at MFEM. The Ministry of Culture initially set up the Commission but in September it was transferred to the Ministry of Education with Secretary Sharyn Paio as the new Commissioner.
Sharyn is now charged with appointing 5 persons to assist her in the specific areas of education, culture & environment. We are hopeful that a representative from TIS may be appointed.
This would be an amazing opportunity to tap into the world of the United Nations and bring ongoing benefits to the Cook Islands via their programmes and also funding for programmes initiated in the Cook Islands.