Sofia. Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristian Vigenin has assured in a meeting today current UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director General Irina Bokova in his and the country's support for her candidacy for a second term on the prestigious post.
The General Conference of the UNESCO members will meet this October to elect the organization's new Director General for the next four year term. Three candidates have been put forward: the incumbent Irina Bokova (Bulgaria), Rachad Farah (Djibouti) and Joseph Maila (Lebanon).
The minister emphasized that despite taking over the management of UNESCO at a challenging period in its history and in hard financial times, Bokova was able to successfully lead the organisation out of the difficulties.
A fact in factor in favour of Bokova's success is that since the 1960s, Directors General traditionally have served two terms in office.