Australian Permanent Delegation to UNESCO
Australia maintains a Permanent Delegation to UNESCO in Paris led by the Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Australia to UNESCO, a position currently held by Ms Megan Anderson (details below).
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), based in Paris, was founded on 4 November 1946. The Organization’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, and sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.
Australia joined UNESCO on 4 November 1946 as a founding member of the Organization. Since then Australia has had a strong and rich involvement in the UNESCO community. Australia has participated actively in the diverse programme of work and has made important contributions to UNESCO’s achievements in a number of areas.
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Ms Megan Anderson
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Australia to UNESCO and Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Paris
Megan Anderson is the Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Australia to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy, Paris. She also serves as non-resident Ambassador to Chad.
Ms Anderson is a senior career officer of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Before taking up her current role, Ms Anderson worked in Canberra as Assistant Secretary, NGOs and Volunteers Branch, Humanitarian and Partnerships Division and as Director of Education in the Development Policy Division. Ms Anderson has undertaken previous overseas postings as Counsellor, Development Cooperation, Australian Embassy, Cambodia (2010-2013), First Secretary, Australian High Commission Vanuatu (2003-2005) and Second Secretary, Australian High Commission, New Delhi (2001-2003). Ms Anderson was a member of the Bougainville Peace Monitoring Group (2000).
Ms Anderson holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Government and a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) from the University of Qld. She speaks French.