Third Candidate for UNESCO Chief

Joseph Maila has been nominated for UNESCO Director General by Lebanon

A third candidate has recently been nominated for the post of UNESCO Director-General  in addition to incumbent Irina Bokova and Djibouti’s nominee Rachad Farah.

He is Joseph Maila, who is currently the Director of the Centre de Recherche pour la Paix (CRP) of the Institute Catholique de Paris. A native of Lebanon, he was nominated by the government of Lebanon. He has participated from time to time in UNESCO events, including in the Roundtable on Democracy and Renewal in the Arab World in 2011 and the Dialog of Cultures for Peace in 2003.

The nominations should now be closed.

In the meantime, the press continues to focus coverage of the election on Djibouti’s nominee, Rachad Farah. Here are some recent articles:


Photo credit: Jean-Christophe MARMARA/Le Figaro; Tom Heneghan/Reuters


About the Author

John Daly

John Daly is the former director of the USAID Office of Research and instructor at George Washington University on UNESCO. His professional background is in promoting the capacity for science and technology in developing nations, especially the applications of information and communications technology. He served as the acting Work Program Administrator of infoDev, and has been a consultant with the RAND Corporation, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and on the Research and Training Network of the Development Gateway. He served as Vice President of Americans for UNESCO from 2005-2012.

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