Russia will provide every support to Ms Audrey Azoulay, new UNESCO Director-General, said Alexander Kuznetsov, Permanent Delegate of Russia to UNESCO. Former Minister of Culture of France Audrey Azoulay was elected new
Director General on the basis of the vote of UNESCO Executive Board. In the last round of voting she was challenged by the Qatari diplomat Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari.
"We are pleased that after a long and difficult process of voting, which for the first time in the history of UNESCO took six rounds, UNESCO member-states have made their choice. We congratulate Ms Azoulay on her election to this high post, and wish her success in this difficult moment in the life of our organization, we hope that her activity will inspire a new life in the work of UNESCO and, of course, we are ready to give her all our support," said Mr Kuznetsov.
The approval of the winning candidate will take place during the 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO, which will be held later this autumn. The current Director-General, Bulgarian Irina Bokova, has occupied this high post since 2009, for two consecutive terms.
Source: RIA Novosti