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22 September 2009 - Designation of the Director-General of UNESCO - Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

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

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 mission to reaffirm the central role of culture, education and science in the world, and spread mankind’s universal values throughout every nation so that they 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 have to continue the work of her predecessor, Koichiro Matsuura, notably the important management reform effort undertaken during his term of office.

Ms Bokova can rest assured of France’s full support in the accomplishment of her mandate.

This election was hotly contested, proof of the great interest in UNESCO and its missions./.

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