Hans-Heinrich Wrede of Germany elected chairperson of UNESCO's Executive BoardHans-Heinrich Wrede, Permanent Delegate of Germany to UNESCO, was today elected Chairperson of the Organization’s Executive Board for a period of two years.
Mr Wrede, was elected in the first round of voting. He replaces Aziza Bennani of Morocco, who served as chairperson of the Executive Board since November, 2001.
Speaking after his election, Mr Wrede recalled that the function of the Executive Board is to ensure the “effective and rational execution” of the programme and budget approved by the General Conference. The words that should guide the Executive Board’s action, he said, were “cooperation and complementarity”.
Born in Marienau, Lower Saxony, Germany, in 1946, Mr Wrede studied law and sociology at Cologne, Heidelberg, Lausanne, Paris and New York. He entered diplomatic service in 1977, serving in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), La Paz (Bolivia), and in the German Delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE). He has served as the Representative of Germany on UNESCO’s Executive Board, and as Vice-President of that organ, since July 2002.
The Executive Board’s 58 members, elected by the General Conference, meet twice a year. The Executive Board oversees the implementation of the programmes adopted by the General Conference, UNESCO’s supreme governing body.
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