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Former French Minister appointed as UNESCO head

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Former French culture minister Audrey Azoulay has been chosen as UNESCO’s new chief.
Audrey Azoulay, a French-Jewist woman of Morroccan descent was selected after a final round of voting by UNESCO’s Executive Board yesterday. Azoulay defeated Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari of Qatar, winning 30 votes to his 28. She will succeed Irina Bokova, a Bulgarian who ran unsuccessfully for Secretary-General of the UN last year.
In her vision statement or manifesto while campaigning for the post, Azoulay wrote, “Unesco must assert itself with ambition as the conscience of the United Nations.” Through “the defence of humanist values” the Unesco can bring new life to the UN’s “universalist project of peace and democracy,” she said. Unesco is the science, education and culture arm of the UN family.

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