UNESCO’s Executive Board to nominate a new Director-General for the Organization during its 202nd session

The 58 members of UNESCO’s Executive Board will hold their 202nd session from 4 to 18 October, presided by Michael Worbs (Germany), Chairperson of the Executive Board, at UNESCO’s Headquarters.
One of the highlights of the session will consist in the nomination of the Board’s candidate for the post of Director-General, to be proposed for election to all of the Organization’s 195 Member States on 10 November, during the forthcoming 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO (30 October to 14 November).

Voting on a candidate will start on 9 October. It will be conducted by secret ballot in private meetings. A majority is required to win the nomination. Five candidates are in the running, following the withdrawal of four of the initial contenders*. The winner is expected to be announced no later than Friday, 13 October. (For information about the procedure and candidates see: http://en.unesco.org/executive-board/dg-candidates-2017).

The election of the Executive Board’s nominee is expected to take place on 10 November and the new Director-General is scheduled to take office on 15 November. She or he will succeed Irina Bokova (Bulgaria) who will have served two four-year terms at the head of UNESCO.

The Executive Board, whose sessions take place twice a year, will also finalize the preparation of the Organization’s Draft Programme and Budget for 2018-2021, which will be submitted for the approval of the General Conference.


Journalists wishing to cover the work of the Executive Board are requested to contact Djbril Kébé of UNESCO’s Media Section for accreditation: d.kebe@unesco.org +33(0)145681741


*Information updated on 11/10/2017