Saturday, March 22, 2008

Farouk Hosni program aims at development of UNESCO

Egypt State Information Service

Egypt's nominee for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) top post has said that he intends to start his promotion campaign later this year.

"Many Arab, European and Latin American countries have expressed initial support for me," Farouk Hosni, the Culture Minister, told reporters Thursday.

He said his campaign will focus on his plans to develop work inside the organization especially in connection with its programs for education, women and peace.

Last September Hosni expressed fears that the Arabs could miss out on a chance to land the much-coveted international position by fielding more than one nominee, thus risking a vote breakup. He called for an Arab consensus on one candidate for the prestigious UNESCO post.

Morocco has repeatedly confirmed its unwavering intention to nominate its ambassador to the UNESCO Aziza Bennani as a candidate for the post of the director general of the Paris-based organization. The elections for the UNESCO post are scheduled for October 2009.

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