Irina Bokova nominated by UNESCO Executive Board for the post of Director-General

9 October 2013
The 58 members of UNESCOs Executive Board on 04 October nominated Irina Bokova (Bulgaria) for the position of Director-General. There were three candidates: Irina Bokova, Rachad Farah (Djibouti) and Joseph Mala (Lebanon).

After the first round of voting today, the Boards Chairperson, Ambassador Alissandra Cummins (Barbados), announced the outcome of the vote. "Having obtained a majority of votes recorded, she said Ms Irina Bokova has been nominated for a second term as Director-General of UNESCO. I am delighted to extend my congratulations to Ms Bokova and also to extend my appreciation to the other candidates."

On 12 November, the nomination will be submitted for approval to the General Conference, which brings together representatives of the Organizations 195 Member States.

Irina Bokova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1952. She was first elected UNESCO Director-General in October 2009, and is the first woman to have held the post. Prior to October 2009, Ms Bokova served as Bulgarias Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO. A career diplomat and member of the Parliament of the Republic of Bulgaria, she has served as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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