French ex-minister Audrey Azoulay is new UNESCO head

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Nov 2017 09:12:00


PARIS,

Nov 10,

(AFP),

UNESCO member states on Friday overwhelmingly approved the nomination of France’s former culture minister Audrey Azoulay to head the embattled cultural agency. They confirmed the nomination by the agency's board last month of Azoulay, 45, who becomes UNESCO’s second woman director general.

“The unity you have shown in this vote is a good omen for the coming period, in which we need to stand shoulder to shoulder,” Azoulay told the members after garnering 131 votes with only 19 opposed. She said she had ‘great faith’ in UNESCO, which “bears the genuine power to transform the world.” Azoulay said members were “clear-sighted as to the organisation’s difficulties.