AU backs Matsuura for second term as UNESCO boss

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) at the end of its third summit in the Ethiopian capital Thursday urged members to back the candidacy of Japan's Koichiro Matsuura for a second mandate as Director General of the Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
African leaders in a statement urged "UNESCO member States, particularly African countries represented at the UN agency's Executive Council and the General Assembly to fully support Matsuura's candidacy.
" AU leaders expressed satisfaction with "the excellent co-operation" he has established between UNESCO and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).
They also hailed the priority attention which UNESCO had accorded Africa's socio-economic development, noting that Matsuura should be given the opportunity to consolidate this priority.

08 july 2004 14:44:00




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