UNESCO: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO General Conference - 33rd Session


Nominations for the post of Director-General of the Organization

At least six months before the expiry of the term of office of the Director-General or as soon as possible in case of vacancy at any other time, the Executive Board shall invite Member States to suggest, confidentially, the names of persons who might be considered for the post of Director-General, requesting them at the same time to provide full biographical details regarding these persons (Rule 58 of the Rules of Procedure of the Executive Board). In accordance with Rules 105 to 108 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Conference, after discussion at a private meeting, the Executive Board shall submit for approval by the General Conference a nomination for the post of the Director-General of the Organization.

Election of the Director-General

The 33rd session of the General Conference has nominated Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the Organization for the next four years.

Directors-General of UNESCO since its founding

Koïchiro MatsuuraJapan15/11/1999 -
Federico Mayor ZaragozaSpain15/11/1987 - 14/11/1999
Amadou Mahtar M'BowSenegal15/11/1974 -14/11/1987
René MaheuFrance15/11/1962 - 14/11/1974
René Maheu
Acting Director-General
France07/06/1961 - 14/11/1962
05/06/1959 - 10/09/1959
Vittorino VeroneseItaly05/12/1958 - 02/11/1961
Luther H. EvansUnited States of America04/07/1953 - 04/12/1958
John W. Taylor
Acting Director-General
United States of America02/12/1952 - 03/07/1953
Jaimes Torres BodetMexico10/12/1948 - 01/12/1952
Julian HuxleyUnited Kingdom06/12/1946 - 09/12/1948