PARIS – Serbia was granted four-year membership in the UNESCO Executive Board on Wednesday, Serbian Ambassador in UNESCO Darko Tanaskovic told Tanjug.

FILE - In this Nov.12, 2013 file photo, the logo of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris. The United States has succeeded Monday Nov. 9, 2015 in its bid to remain on UNESCO's executive board, the only way to wield American power at the world's cultural and scientific agency now that the U.S. government is no longer funding it.(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

A total of 186 countries took part in the voting, of whom 161 voted in favour of Serbia’s membership, which can be considered an excellent result after the major divisions in the General Conference over the request for Kosovo’s UNESCO membership, Tanaskovic said.

UNESCO posted on its website that Serbia has been granted membership in the Executive Board of the organisation as part of Group II together with Slovenia, Lithuania and Russia.

The Executive Board is UNESCO governing body, which means that Serbia will be actively participating in the decision-making in all sectors of actions of the specialised UN agency in the period between two General Conferences, Tanaskovic said.