Statement by Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the appointment of Ms. Bokova as next Director-General to UNESCO

October 16, 2009

  1. I welcome, on behalf of the Government of Japan, the election of Ms. Irina Bokova, permanent delegate of the Republic of Bulgaria to UNESCO to the post of the next Director-General of UNESCO in the 35th session of UNESCO General Conference.
  2. Current Director-General Mr. Koichiro Matsuura is highly appreciated by the international community for his efforts of UNESCO reform initiatives. The Government of Japan expects that Ms. Bokova, as the new Director-General, succeed the reform initiatives of Mr. Matsuura and further promote them under her prominent leadership.