Nine Nominations received for the post of Director-General of UNESCO

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UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France
© UNESCO/Ignacio Marin
16 March 2017

Paris –The Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO, Mr. Michael Worbs, today officially announced the names of the nine candidates received for the post of Director-General of UNESCO.

The nominees are listed below in the order of receipt of their candidature, within the deadline set by the Executive Board.

Name of candidate

Date complete file received

 

Proposed by

Mr Polad BÜLBÜLOGLU 

 

09.03.2017

 

Azerbaijan 

 

Mr PHAM Sanh Chau 

 

13.03.2017

 

Viet Nam 

 

Ms Moushira KHATTAB 

 

13.03.2017

 

Egypt 

 

Mr Hamad bin Abdulaziz AL-KAWARI 

 

14.03.2017

 

Qatar 

 

Mr Qian TANG 

 

14.03.2017

 

China 

 

Mr Juan Alfonso FUENTES SORIA 

 

15.03.2017

 

Guatemala

 

Mr Saleh AL-HASNAWI 

 

15.03.2017

 

Iraq

 

Ms Vera EL-KHOURY LACOEUILHE

 

15.03.2017

 

Lebanon

 

Ms Audrey AZOULAY 

 

15.03.2017

 

France

 

The Director-General is nominated by the Executive Board and appointed by the General Conference for a period of four years. These nine candidates will be interviewed during the 201st Board session on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 April 2017. The person to be nominated by the Executive Board shall be chosen by secret ballot, during a vote that will take place during the Board's 202nd session in October 2017. Subsequently, the Chairperson of the Board shall 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.

Information pertaining to the candidates, together with the procedure for the nomination of the Director-General of UNESCO, is available on the Executive Board website at: http://en.unesco.org/executive-board/dg-candidates-2017.

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