UNESCO - Election of Mme Audrey Azoulay as Director-General of UNESCO - Statement by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (Paris, 13/10/2017)
I welcome the Executive Board’s decision to propose to the General Conference, which is to meet on 10 November, to elect Mme Audrey Azoulay Director-General of UNESCO, at a time when the institution is facing historic challenges.
The time has come for member states to rally around the project Mme Azoulay is championing, so that UNESCO can concentrate on its essential missions: spreading knowledge, promoting quality education for all, protecting world heritage and our environment, and autonomy for women and girls. France promotes strong and responsible multilateralism capable of tackling the challenges of our time. It would like UNESCO to serve the goals of peace and sustainable development which are central to the United Nations project.
I want to pay tribute to Irina Bokova, who managed to face up to the many challenges UNESCO faced during her two terms. I would also like to commend the other candidacies and the excellent projects promoted by our partners./.