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unesco5Paris –The Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO, Mr. Michael Worbs, today officially announced the names of the nine candidates received for the post of Director-General of UNESCO. The nominees are listed below in the order of receipt of their candidature, within the deadline set by the Executive Board.

Name of candidate                                Date complete file received      Proposed by
Mr Polad BÜLBÜLOGLU                       09.03.2017                               Azerbaijan
Mr PHAM Sanh Chau                            13.03.2017                               Viet Nam
Ms Moushira KHATTAB                         13.03.2017                               Egypt
Mr Hamad bin Abdulaziz AL-KAWARI     14.03.2017                              Qatar
Mr Qian TANG                                       14.03.2017                              China
Mr Juan Alfonso FUENTES SORIA        15.03.2017                              Guatemala
Mr Saleh AL-HASNAWI                          15.03.2017                               Iraq
Ms Vera EL-KHOURY LACOEUILHE      15.03.2017                               Lebanon
Ms Audrey AZOULAY                             15.03.2017                              France

The Director-General is nominated by the Executive Board and appointed by the General Conference for a period of four years. These nine candidates will be interviewed during the 201st Board session on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 April 2017. The person to be nominated by the Executive Board shall be chosen by secret ballot, during a vote that will take place during the Board's 202nd session in October 2017. Subsequently, the Chairperson of the Board shall inform the General Conference, during its 39th session in November 2017, of the candidate nominated by the Board. The General Conference shall consider this nomination and then elect, by secret ballot, the person proposed by the Executive Board.
Information pertaining to the candidates, together with the procedure for the nomination of the Director-General of UNESCO, is available on the Executive Board website at: http://en.unesco.org/executive-board/dg-candidates-2017.

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