UNESCO: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO General Conference - 33rd Session


General powers of the President

The President shall declare the opening and closing of each plenary meeting of the Conference. He shall direct the discussions, ensure observance of these Rules, accord the right to speak, put questions to the vote and announce decisions. He shall rule on points of order and, subject to the present Rules, shall control the proceedings and the maintenance of order. The President may, in the course of the discussion of an item, propose to the Conference the limitation of the time to be allowed to speakers, the limitation of the number of times each speaker may speak, the closure of the list of speakers or the closure of the debate. He may also propose the suspension or adjournment of the meeting or the adjournment of the debate on the item under discussion.

The President shall not vote, but may designate a member of his delegation to vote in his place.

The President, in the exercise of his functions, remains under the authority of the General Conference.

The President of the General Conference shall sit ex officio in an advisory capacity on the Executive Board.

Acting President

If the President finds it necessary to be absent during a meeting or any part thereof, he shall appoint one of the Vice-Presidents to take his place.

If the President is obliged to be absent for more than two days, the General Conference may, on the motion of the General Committee, elect one of the Vice-Presidents as acting President for the whole period of the President’s absence.

A Vice-President sitting as President or an Acting President, shall have the same powers and responsibilities as the President.


Mr Musa Bin Jaafar Bin Hassan (Oman) was elected President of the 33rd session of the General Conference.

Former presidents of the General Conference

32nd session2003 - ParisMichael Abiola Omolewa (Nigeria)
31st session2001 - ParisAhmad Jalali (Islamic Republic of Iran)
30th session1999 - ParisMs Jaroslava Moserova (Czech Republic)
29th session1997 - ParisMr Eduardo Portella (Brazil)
28th session1995 - ParisMr Torben Krogh (Denmark)
27th session1993 - ParisMr Ahmed Saleh Sayyad (Yemen)
26th session1991 - ParisMr Bethwell Allan Ogot (Kenya)
25th session1989 - ParisMr Anwar Ibrahim (Malaysia)
24th session1987 - ParisMr Guillermo Putzeys Alvarez (Guatemala)
23rd session1985 - SofiaMr Nikolaï Todorov (Bulgaria)
22nd session1983 - ParisMr Saïd Tell (Jordan)
4th extraordinary session1982 - ParisMr Ivo Margan (Yugoslavia)
21st session1980 - BelgradeMr Ivo Margan (Yugoslavia)
20th session1978 - ParisMr Napoléon LeBlanc (Canada)
19th session1976 - NairobiMr Taaita Toweett (Kenya)
18th session1974 - ParisMs Magda Joboru (Hungary)
3rd extraordinary session1973 - ParisMr Toru Haguiwara (Japan)
17th session1972 - ParisMr Toru Haguiwara (Japan)
16th session1970 - ParisDr AtilioDell'Oro Maini (Argentina)
15th session1968 - ParisMr Willian Eteki-Mboumoua (Cameroon)
14th session1966 - ParisProfessor Bedrettin Tuncel (Turkey)
13th session1964 - ParisProfessor Norair M. Sissakian (Soviet Union)
12th session1962 - ParisProfessor Paulo E. de Berrêdo Carneiro (Brazil)
11th session1960 - ParisMr Akale-Work Abte-Wold (Ethiopia)
10th session1958 - ParisMr Jean Berthoin (France)
9th session1956 - New DelhiMr Maulana Abul Kalam Azak (India)
8th session1954 -MontevideoMr Justino Zavala Muñiz (Uruguay)
2nd extraordinary session1953 - ParisMr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (India)
7th session1952 - ParisMr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (India)
6th session1951 - ParisMr Howland Sargeant (United States of America)
5th session1950 - FlorenceCount Stefano Jacini (Italy)
4th session1949 - ParisMr E. Ronald Walker (Australia)
1st extraordinary session1948 - ParisMr Francisco del Río y Canedo (Mexico)
3rd session1948 - BeirutMr Hamid Bey Frangie (Lebanon)
2nd session1947 - Mexico CityMr Manuel Gual Vidal (Mexico)
1st session 1946 - ParisMr Léon Blum (France)