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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
Musa Bin Jaafar Bin Hassan of Oman elected to preside over the 33rd session of UNESCO’s General Conference

03-10-2005 3:30 pm UNESCO’s General Conference elected Ambassador Musa Bin Jaafar Bin Hassan, Permanent Delegate of the Sultanate of Oman to UNESCO, as President of its 33rd session, which opened in Paris today.jaafar_250.jpg After studying geography at the University of Beirut, Mr Bin Hassan obtained a doctorate in law from the Sorbonne University in Paris (1990). Mr Bin Hassan has been serving as the Sultanate of Oman’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO since 1984. Prior to that date, he was the Director of Cultural Relations at his country’s Ministry of Education and Youth, and Director General of Scholarships and External Relations.

Mr Bin Hassan has worked with, and chaired, a number of educational committees in Oman and has a rich experience of UNESCO’s executive bodies having attended the Organization’s general conferences since 1978. He was also Deputy Chairman of UNESCO’s Executive Board (1991-1993) and President of the Arab Group at UNESCO (1986 and 2004). Mr Bin Hassan has also chaired the Consultative Committee of UNESCO’s Arabia Plan since 2002 and was Vice Chairman of the Consultative Committee of UNESCO’s Silk Roads programme (1988-1999).

The new president of the General Conference, who remains in office until the next General Conference in 2007, has also worked with the Arab League’s Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) as a member of Oman’s delegation to the general conferences of ALECSO, and as Member of the Organization’s Executive Board (1976-1981). Mr Bin Hassan is also Professor Lecturer on North Africa and the Middle East at the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy (Paris) and has published a number of scholarly and literary works: “The Development of Omani Administrative Law”, “Audat Shanjoub” (The Return of Shanjoub), “Wain Zamanak Ya Bahr” (The Lost Glory of Seafaring Days), “Min al Hayat” (From the Life), “Kalam al Nas Youji al Ras” (Gossip Source of Headache), “Al Darawish Sketches”. Mr Bin Hassan who is also an actor and theatre director has penned several plays on social and cultural subjects.

Mr Bin Hassan takes over from Michael Abiola Omolewa (Nigeria) who was the President of the 32nd session of the General Conference.

Photo © UNESCO/Niamh Burke: (From left to right) Koïchiro Matsuura, Director general of UNESCO and Mr Musa Bin Jaafar Bin Hassan, elected the 33rd session of the General Conference.

Source Press Release N°2005-111

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