The Election of the UNESCO Director General

A new Director General is to be elected for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization this year. A total of nine candidatures were received by the Executive Board. They are (in chronological order of reception):
  • - Mr Mohammed BEDJAOUI (Algeria) Candidature proposed by: Cambodia
  • - Mr Farouk HOSNY (Egypt) Candidature proposed by: Egypt, Kowait, Sudan, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Each candidate is to present a brief document with a vision for the future of UNESCO, and the candidates are to be interviewed by the UNESCO Executive Board in September. The Executive Board is to recommend a candidate to the General Conference, which in turn is to elect the new Director General during its meeting in October.

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Here are some articles reporting on prior elections:
Prior to the formal nominations by the representatives of member nations of UNESCO, there was a process in which various individuals were identified as potential candidates. Several individuals from Arab nations were floated as possible candidates, but eventually withdrawn in favor of Farouk Hosny. There was a considerable controversy in Brazil about two possible Brazilian candidates, neither of whom were finally nominated.

A note on this website:

This website seeks to make a broad body of information on the election and candidates available to all interested parties. I neither seek nor will I accept financial contributions from any source for its content or upkeep. The website is made possible by the free, public services of Blogger, Google, Google translate and Google alerts. Thanks to those who have suggested published reports that might be of interest to its readers. John Daly


  1. Dear John, thanks so much for sharing this info with us!

  2. Farouk Hosni, Egypt's "Culture Minister" would be a disastrous choice to lead UNESCO, in view of the social, political and cultural repression in Egypt on his watch.

    For more details see "The U.N.'s New Repressive Censor?" (http://jiw.blogspot.com/2009/09/uns-new-repressive-censor.html) posted on JIW and excerpted from The Wall Street Journal, SEPTEMBER 7, 2009.