France: UNESCO’s Executive Board to nominate new Director-General

Paris, France (PANA) - The 58 members of the UNESCO’s Executive Board will hold their 202nd session from 4 to 18 October, chaired by Ambassador Michael Worbs of Germany, at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

One of the highlights of the session will be the nomination of the Board’s candidate for the post of Director-General, to be proposed for election to all of the Organization’s 195 Member States on 10 November, during the forthcoming 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO (30 October to 14 November).

Voting on a candidate will start on 9 October. It will be conducted by secret ballot in private meetings and a majority is required to win the nomination.

Eight candidates are in the running at the time of publication, following the withdrawal of one of the initial contenders.

The winner is expected to be announced no later than Friday, 13 October.

The election of the Executive Board’s nominee is expected to take place on 10 November and the new Director-General is scheduled to take office on 15 November. She or he will succeed Irina Bokova (Bulgaria) who has now served two four-year terms.

The Executive Board, whose sessions take place twice a year, will also finalize the preparation of the Organization’s Draft Programme and Budget for 2018-2021, which will be submitted for the approval of the General Conference.
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30 september 2017 11:45:57

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