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Unesco's director-general appointment

Unesco’s director-general appointment

Published on September 22, 2009
Communiqué from the Ministry of Foreign and European affairs

Paris, September 22, 2009

The Executive Council named Irina Bokova the organization’s next director-general. This choice must be validated by the General Conference on October 15.

This marks the first time that a woman will lead this prestigious international organization.

It is also the first time that a candidate from a central European nation, Bulgaria, has been chosen to fill this key post.

France, UNESCO’s host nation, ascribes particular importance to the work of this organization. It is UNESCO’s job to reaffirm the central role of culture, education and science in the world, and to spread the universal values of humanity throughout all nations so that those values may thrive while respecting the diversity of all peoples.

A woman of commitment and conviction, Irina Bokova—Bulgaria’s ambassador to France and permanent representative to UNESCO—has international and European experience that will be particularly helpful in carrying out UNESCO’s ambitious mandate.

She will also continue the work of her predecessor, Koichiro Matsuura, notably the important management reform effort undertaken during his term.

Ms. Bokova can rest assured of France’s full support in the accomplishment of her mandate.
This election was closely disputed, proof of the considerable interest in UNESCO and its missions.

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