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Bulgaria nominates Irina Bokova for UN Secretary General

18 June 2014 News

The Bulgarian Government adopted a decision to nominate UNESCO’s Director General Irina Bokova for Secretary General of the United Nations with a mandate from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2021.

Those elected to the position of UN Secretary General are individuals with an undisputed authority and substantial diplomatic experience. The good international reputation of Irina Bokova as UNESCO Director General gives Bulgaria all grounds to nominate her for UN Secretary General.

The assessment of the UNESCO Member States on her work as Director General is very positive, which was at the basis of her election in a convincing manner for a second mandate. Bokova has an exceptionally rich professional experience and strong leadership qualities as a long-time politician and diplomat, with proven expertise in the sphere of multilateral diplomacy and international organizations, such as the UN, UNESCO, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the International Organization of theFrancophonie. She has been Deputy Foreign Minister and Acting Foreign Minister of Bulgaria, as well as a MP.

The Government has entrusted the Foreign Minister with coordinating the campaign in support of the Bulgarian nominee among the UN Member States.

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