France’s Audrey Azoulay re-elected for a second term as UNESCO chief

The UN cultural agency UNESCO  re-elected France’s Audrey Azoulay as its director-general for a second mandate.



In 1945, UNESCO was created in order to respond to the firm belief of nations, forged by two world wars in less than a generation that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace. Peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity. UNESCO strives to build networks among nations that enable this kind of solidarity;

Mobilizing for education: so that every child, boy or girl, has access to quality education as a fundamental human right and as a prerequisite for human development.

Building intercultural understanding: through protection of heritage and support for cultural diversity. UNESCO created the idea of World Heritage to protect sites of outstanding universal value.

Pursuing scientific cooperation: such as early warning systems for tsunamis or trans-boundary water management agreements, to strengthen ties between nations and societies.

Protecting freedom of expression: an essential condition for democracy, development and human dignity.

UNESCO is known as the “intellectual” agency” of the United Nations. Audrey Azoulay is the current director general of UNESCO.

UN specialized agencies are international organizations that coordinate their work with the United Nations through negotiated agreements.

There are 17 Specialized Agencies:

FAO: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

ICAO: International Civil Aviation Organization

IFAD: International Fund for Agricultural Development

ILO: International Labour Organization

IMF: International Monetary Fund

IMO: International Maritime Organization

ITU: International Telecommunication Union

UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNIDO: United Nations Industrial Development Organization

UNWTO: World Tourism Organization

UPU: Universal Postal Union

WHO: World Health Organization

WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization

WMO: World Meteorological Organization

World Bank Group:

IBRD: International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

IDA: International Development Association

IFC: International Finance Corporation


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