AHMAD JALALI OF IRAN TO PRESIDE
October 15 - UNESCOís General Conference, currently holding its 31st session, has chosen Ahmad Jalali, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as its President.
Born in 1949 in Shahrud (Iran), Ahmed Jalali is a trained engineer. Educated in several Iranian universities, Mr Jalali pursued D.Phil. studies in Political Philosophy at the University of Oxford, (United Kingdom). Mr Jalali has held several academic positions and has also served as Deputy Director of Iranís Radio and Television Organization (IRIB) and as advisor at Iranís Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 1997, he has been serving as Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Islamic Republic of Iran to UNESCO and he has represented his country on the Executive Board of the Organization since 1999.
The General Conference, UNESCOís supreme governing body, brings together all of the Organizationís Member States (currently 188) every two years. It determines UNESCOís Programme whose implementation is overseen by the Executive Board. The 31st session of the General Conference opened today and will last until November 3.