During the XXIII Session of the Executive Board of the Asia-Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations (AFUCA), which was held in Almaty from 6 to 7 September 2016, Mr. Bolat Akchulakov, President of the Kazakhstan National Federation of UNESCO Clubs, was elected the new President of AFUCA.
In his speech after the election, Mr. Akchulakov thanked the members of the Council for the honor and trust. “I started working in the UNESCO Federation of Clubs four years ago, and due to my employment, I did not plan to work for more than a year. But after witnessing the invaluable contribution of the Organization to the development of children’s creativity and potential, I decided to continue my work. I think it’s a great privilege to work with children. I am proud of what the Federation is doing, but I did not expect to hold leadership positions in the entire Asia-Pacific region.”
It is noteworthy that Mr. Akchulakov was elected unanimously by the AFUCA Executive Board, which includes such countries as Bangladesh, Vietnam, India, China, Korea, Nepal, Russia, Thailand, Japan and Kazakhstan. Representatives from Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Philippines, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as heads of UNESCO Clubs and Candidate Clubs from the regions of Kazakhstan were invited as international observers.
As noted by Mr. Yu Jae-kun (Korea), who has held this post until today, Kazakhstan is the youngest member of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Federation of Clubs, having joined the Federation five years ago. “Bolat is a young and charismatic leader, who over the years has been thoroughly acquainted with the principles and ideas of UNESCO, and has taken an active part in the work of the Federation. All my life I myself have been absorbed in the ideas of building peace and harmony, through mutual understanding between peoples and countries, introducing the younger generation to each other’s creativity, sharing experience and knowledge. And the UNESCO Clubs, even as non-governmental organizations, have always made a great contribution in this direction. And I believe that Bolat, as a dynamic leader, will bring new ideas and prove himself as President of the Asia-Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs.”
It is worth noting that such an extended meeting of the UNESCO Club Federations was held for the first time in the Republic of Kazakhstan as part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the state’s Independence. The event was organized in cooperation with the Kazakhstan National Federation of UNESCO Clubs with the support of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty, Kazakhstan National Commission for UNESCO and the Akimat of Almaty.