Lewisman is appointed head of UNESCO Scotland

Former Director of the National Gaelic Arts Agency, Malcolm Maclean, is the new Chair of UNESCO in Scotland.

The Scottish Committee of the UK National Commission for UNESCO is responsible for progressing the aims of the organisation in Scotland.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) was established to foster sustainable development and conflict resolution in a world plagued by conflict. It’s aims range from improving clean water supplies and educational provision in the developing world to promoting intangible cultural heritage including language diversity.

UNESCO also has responsibility for awarding World Heritage status to sites of outstanding universal value such as St Kilda.

Malcolm said; “UNESCO is the human face of the United Nations and it is a privilege to work with such a highly respected international organisation.

The UNESCO Scotland network is a very talented group of people who are committed to enhancing the Scottish contribution to UNESCO’s good work at home and abroad. I look forward working with them.”

Malcolm has worked closely with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris and chaired the organising committee for the recent international conference on Remote Access to World Heritage Sites held in Edinburgh University. He also led on two Government Policy Briefings which have just been published by the UK National Commission.

He lives on the Isle of Lewis and stood down last year as Director of the Gaelic arts agency, Proiseact Nan Ealan. He was producer of the award winning St Kilda Opera and Leabhar Mor Na Gaidhlig and closely involved in creating An Lanntair, Feisean Nan Gaidheal, HI Arts, the Cuimhneachan Na Gaisgeach Cairns and the Ceolas summer school in South Uist.