16.10.2009 -

UNESCO’s New Director-General and Governance Bodies

The UNESCO Office in Venice extends its congratulations and warmly welcomes Mrs Irina Gueorguieva Bokova (Bulgaria) to her official position as UNESCO’s new Director General.


UNESCOVENICE Press Release N°2009-01 (16-10-2009) : Confirmed by a large majority of the Member States (176 of 193), she is the first woman Director-General of the Organization and the first Director-General coming from the South East European Region, a priority area for the Venice Office activities. Her mandate will begin on 15 November 2009.

The Venice Office staff would also like to sincerely thank Mr Koichiro Matsuura, the departing Director-General, for his effective leadership, support and encouragement to continue to develop and implement high quality activities in science and culture in the SEE Region. The Venice Office staff found the challenge on working with the UN Reforms stimulating and is eager to continue implementing the UNDAF (United Nations Development Assistance Framework) and the One UN within the SEE Region.

During the 35th session of the General Conference, the highest governing body of the Organization, Member States voted on the replacement of part of the Executive Board, UNESCO’s other governing body. The Executive Board meets twice a year to examine the implementation of the programme adopted by the General Conference which meets every two years. The mandate of the Executive Board is a term of four years.

The following European Members States were elected:
Group I – Monaco, Denmark, Belgium.
Group II – Slovakia, Romania, Poland, Latvia, Belarus.

Three South Eastern European Members - Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary - whose mandate only expires in 2011 have volunteered to leave the Executive Board to facilitate the rotation among countries.

Related Multimedia at UNESCO.ORG :

- Watch Election of Director-General (video)
- Watch Press conference of the new Director-General (video)

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