Inauguration Ceremony of new Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization took place in Paris on October 12, 2005. By results of the voting of the Member States delegates a distinguished Japanese diplomat Koichiro Matsuura was elected. He was re-elected to a second four-year term (for the first time he was elected to this post on November 15, 1999).
Features of biography
Mr. Koichiro Matsuura was born in 1937 in Tokyo, studied law in Tokyo University and economy in the Haverford College, the USA.
He began his career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1959.
From 1988 he is of the Economic Cooperation Bureau; from 1990 – Head of the North-American Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan; 1992-1994 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; from 1994 - Ambassador of Japan to France, Andorra and Djibouti; up to November 1999 - Head of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee
Mr. Koichiro Matsuura is the author of six books on Japanese diplomacy, in the field of relations development between Japan and France, on history and prospects of meetings of the Group of 7, economic cooperation diplomacy, history of relationships between Japan and the United States.
He speaks Japanese, English, French and Spanish.
He is married, has 2 sons.