UNESCO: Candidates for post of DG to be interviewed on Wednesday, Thursday

Paris, France (PANA) - The 58-member Executive Board of UNESCO, chaired by Michael Worbs of Germany, will interview candidates for the post of Director-General of the Organization on Wednesday, 26 April, and Thursday, 27 April, at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

According to the UNESCO media outlet, the interviews will start at 9.45 am on each day, and the candidates are from Azerbaijan, China, Egypt, France, Guatemala, Iraq, Lebanon, Qatar, and Viet Nam.

It said that the interviews will be accessible at http://en.unesco.org/executive-board/dg-candidates-2017, where the order of the interviews will be posted after 6pm on 24 April, along with other relevant information.

The Director-General is nominated by the Executive Board and appointed by the General Conference for a period of four years.

The person to be nominated by the Executive Board shall be chosen by secret ballot, in a vote that will take place during the Board's 202nd session in October 2017. Subsequently, the Chairperson of the Board will inform the General Conference, during its 39th session in November 2017, of the candidate nominated by the Board. The General Conference shall consider this nomination and then elect, by secret ballot, the person proposed by the Executive Board.

The successful candidate will replace Irina Bokova of Bulgaria who was elected the tenth Director-General of UNESCO on 15 November, 2009. Her election marked two firsts - She is both the first female and the first Southeastern European to head the agency.

At UNESCO, Bokova advocates for gender equality, improved education and preventing funding for terrorism, especially by enforcing the protection of intellectual goods. A firm opponent of racism and anti-Semitism, Director-General Bokova has led UNESCO's activities on Holocaust remembrance.
-0- PANA VAO 25April2017

25 april 2017 14:11:28




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