• Luncheon with Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova

    April 14 2011, 01:00 - 01:00
    Location: UNESCO – 7 place de Fontenoy 75007 Paris

    First Lady, Laura Bush, ushered her homeland back into UNESCO as a member, after many years of American absence. UNESCO is one of the world’s pre-eminent institutions in the apolitical promotion of goals in education, science and culture. Madame Irina Bokova, of Bulgaria, took up her assignment as the Director General two years ago. The 35th Session of UNESCO’s General Conference elected her as its tenth Director General. She will tell us about the progress that her institution is making in its challenging areas.

    Irina Bokova was a member of the Bulgarian Parliament from the Bulgarian Socialist Party for two terms, minister and deputy minister of foreign affairs in the socialist cabinet of Prime Minister Zhan Videnov, and was Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to France and Monaco, permanent delegate of Bulgaria to UNESCO and personal representative of the president of Bulgaria to the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (2005–2009). Bokova is the first female and Eastern European leader of UNESCO.