UNESCO: French former culture minister becomes new UNESCO head
PARIS: UNESCO member states immediately overwhelmingly authorised the nomination of France’s former tradition minister Audrey Azoulay to move the embattled cultural company.
They confirmed the nomination by the company’s board final month of Azoulay, 45, who turns into UNESCO’s second lady director basic.
“The unity you could have proven on this vote is an efficient omen for the approaching interval, during which we have to stand shoulder to shoulder,” Azoulay informed the members after garnering 131 votes with solely 19 opposed.
She stated she had “nice religion” in UNESCO, which “bears the real energy to remodel the world.”
Azoulay stated members had been “clear-sighted as to the organisation’s difficulties (however) know the way irreplaceable and important it’s within the face of our world’s challenges.”
Azoulay, who was tradition minister below former president Francois Hollande, succeeds Irina Bokova, who was UNESCO’s first lady director and whose second time period expires this month.
Azoulay narrowly defeated Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari of Qatar, additionally a former tradition minister, in final month’s politically charged election.
Al-Kawari failed to select up help from different Gulf states that are a part of a Saudi-led coalition blockading Qatar.
The marketing campaign was additionally overshadowed by Washington’s announcement that it deliberate to withdraw from the Paris-based physique after years of tensions over selections seen as crucial of Israel.
Within the face of the Arab divisions, France introduced Azoulay, who’s Jewish of Moroccan origin, as a consensus determine who may mend fences and soothe tensions with Israel.
She additionally faces the daunting job of reforming the company struggling below the burden of a paperwork that has grow to be unwieldy over the seven a long time because it was based.