Directors-General

A new Director-General is elected every four years (previously every six years) by the General Conference. Under his/her authority, the Secretariat is expected to translate into reality the programmes approved by the General Conference. UNESCO's present and former Directors-General:


From 1946 to the present

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Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

2009-
Irina Bokova (Bulgaria)

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1999-2009
Koïchiro Matsuura (Japan)

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1987-1999
Federico Mayor (Spain)

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1974-1987
Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow (Senegal)

1962 - 1974 (acting DG 1959, 1961-1962)
René Maheu (France)

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1958 - 1961
Vittorino Veronese (Italy)

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1953 - 1958
Luther Evans (United States)

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1952 - 1953 (acting DG)
John W. Taylor (United States)

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1948 - 1952
Jaime Torres Bodet (Mexico)

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1946 - 1948
Julian Huxley (United Kingdom)

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