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Audrey Azoulay Appointed as UNESCO Chief

Published on November 13, 2017
French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay has been elected as 11th director general of UNESCO at the 39th General Conference
  • Azoulay is the second women to occupy this position and she is appointed for 4 years
  • She was nominated last month by the U.N. cultural agency’s executive board 
  • Azoulay will aim at restoring the international standing of the Paris-based organization that has been mired in financial woes since the United States withdrew its sizeable funding in 2011. 
  • She will set priorities for the organization’s World Heritage program that protects cultural sites and traditions.'

About Audrey Azoulay 

  • She was born in 1972. 
  • She completed her graduation from the Ecole National d’Administration and the Paris Institut d’├ętudes politiques.
  • She holds a masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Lancaster (U.K.). 
  • She has held several high-level positions in France, including minister of culture and communication from February 2016 to May 2017. 
  • She served as a rapporteur to France’s public auditing authority, the Cour des comptes, and as a European Commission legislative expert on issues of culture and the media. 
  • She served France’s National Cinema Center (CNC), first as deputy audiovisual director, then as director of financial and legal affairs, and finally as deputy director-general. 
  • She was the first deputy audiovisual director of France’s National Cinema Center (CNC)


  • It was formed on 16 November 1945
  • UNESCO is the United Nations organization responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. 
  • The organization’s theme is “Building peace in the minds of men and women”
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