Let me address on behalf of all Board Members sincere gratitude to Dr Davidson Hepburn, Permanent Delegate of the Bahamas, for his outstanding leadership in performing the work of the General Conference as the President of its 35th Session.
Dear Ambassador, I must say that you are among the most worthy representatives of your country, because you were with those who served your country, your people and the people of colonies to win their own identity, their political sovereignty and their place among the nations. Always committed to the peaceful development and harmonious coexistence of world societies you were close to UNESCO’s ideals, even before your country became its Member in 1981, exactly 30 years ago.
Much later, you were deservedly elected as the first President of the General Conference of UNESCO from the Caribbean State. Owing to your vigorous action in securing the commitment of the international community to the destiny of the Small Island Developing States, this topic gained particularly great visibility in Board sessions throughout the past biennium.
I am sincerely grateful for the wise comments, appropriate quotations and inspiring advice with witch you “spiced up” the work of the Board. We know that you are not leaving UNESCO, as there is much which maintains the link. Thus, the Organization and its governing bodies can always rely on your knowledge and constantly invaluable contribution to their activity.
Your Excellency, yes, you did it your way, and you did it well! I wish you continued success and new exciting achievements as you further resolutely promote UNESCO ideals.