Irina Bokova

Director-General, UNESCO

Irina Bokova has been the Director-General of UNESCO since 15 November 2009. She is the first woman to have been elected head of the Organization. Elected as a deputy of the Bulgarian So- cialist Party (1990-1991 and 2001-2005), she participated in the drafting of Bulgaria’s new Constitution, which contributed significantly to the country’s accession to the European Union. Appointed in charge of political and legal affairs at the Permanent Mission of Bulgaria to the United Nations in New York, she was also a member of the Bulgarian Delegation at the United Nations conferences on the equality of women in Beijing (1995), Nairobi (1985) and Copenhagen (1980).
Irina Bokova joined the Min- istry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, where she was responsible for human rights issues, after she graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, the University of Maryland (Washington) and the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University), in 1977.


Opening Session Begin: Wednesday, 27.02.2013 11:30 am