Building peace in the minds of men and women

39th - President

President of the 39th session of the General Conference

H. Exc. Mrs Zohour Alaoui, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Morocco to UNESCO since December 2011, has been unanimously elected President of the 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO.

With more than 30 years of diplomatic experience, H. Exc. Mrs Alaoui has worked closely with the United Nations. As Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, she has worked tirelessly to promote the Organization's values and advocate for the relevance of its mandate.

General powers of the President

The President shall declare the opening and closing of each plenary meeting of the Conference. He/She shall direct the discussions, ensure observance of these Rules, accord the right to speak, put questions to the vote and announce decisions. He/She shall rule on points of order and, subject to the present Rules, shall control the proceedings and the maintenance of order. The President may, in the course of the discussion of an item, propose to the Conference the limitation of the time to be allowed to speakers, the limitation of the number of times each speaker may speak, the closure of the list of speakers or the closure of the debate. He/She may also propose the suspension or adjournment of the meeting or the adjournment of the debate on the item under discussion.

The President shall not vote, but may designate a member of his/her delegation to vote in his/her place.

The President, in the exercise of his/her functions, remains under the authority of the General Conference.

The President of the General Conference shall sit ex officio in an advisory capacity on the Executive Board.

Acting President

If the President finds it necessary to be absent during a meeting or any part thereof, he/she shall appoint one of the Vice-Presidents to take his place.

If the President is obliged to be absent for more than two days, the General Conference may, on the motion of the General Committee, elect one of the Vice-Presidents as acting President for the whole period of the President’s absence.

A Vice-President sitting as President or an Acting President, shall have the same powers and responsibilities as the President.