The General Conference of UNESCO appointed Audrey Azoulay (France) to the post of Director-General of the Organization. Ms Azoulay was nominated on 13 October to take the place of outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova (Bulgaria) by UNESCO’s Executive Board.
"We are confident that despite all the current difficulties, our organisation is still capable of working effectively to strengthen trust and mutual understanding between countries and peoples, promote the dialogue of cultures and faiths, and defend cultural diversity and eternal moral values."
Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Prof. Mikhail Piotrovskiy, General Director of the State Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the protection and restoration of cultural property in conflict areas, notably in the Middle East
"Today, as international terrorism threatens our common cultural heritage, youth radicalisation takes on threatening dimensions, and modern information technology is used to spread hatred and enmity, UNESCO's mandate to “build peace in the minds of men and women” is more relevant than ever before. In its recently adopted historic Resolution 2347, the UN Security Council welcomed the central role of UNESCO in protecting cultural heritage from terrorists for a good reason."