Since February 2011, the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels and UNESCO Representation to the European Union contributes to represent UNESCO towards the European Institutions, to advocate for UNESCO’s mandate and increase the visibility of UNESCO’s programmes and activities, with the final aim of increasing the UNESCO-EU partnership.
Louise Haxthausen was appointed as UNESCO Representative to the European Union and Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels in February 2019.
Biography of the Office's Director
Louise Haxthausen (Denmark) joined UNESCO in 1993, as Associate Expert in the Human Rights Division at UNESCO Headquarters (Paris). She has worked on conflict and crisis response at country-level in Afghanistan and in Palestine; and most recently as Director of the UNESCO Office for Iraq. At UNESCO HQ, she has acted as Focal Point for the Middle East in the Office of the Director-General; as Senior Coordinator, Crisis Response in the Arab World, Bureau of Field Coordination; and as Senior Coordinator, Crisis and Transition Response, in the Office of the UNESCO Director-General. She has an academic background in political science and international public law.