1998 News Story

Kingdom submits nomination for UNESCO directorship

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has nominated Dr. Ghazi Abdelrahman Al-Gosaibi to fill the post of Director-General of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Dr. Al-Gosaibi is currently Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the United Kingdom. The letter of nomination, delivered at UNESCO's Paris headquarters yesterday by Education Minister Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Al-Rasheed as the Kingdom's representative on the executive council, reiterated Saudi Arabia's concern for facilitating the realization of the organization's noble mission, and particularly its goals for enhancing the pillars of global peace. It made reference Dr. Al-Gosaibi's administrative skills, outstanding capabilities, cultural and literary reputation, and distinguished diplomatic experience. The letter is in response to the message sent by UNESCO's executive council to all member states in mid-November asking them to name their candidates for the post of Director-General, elections for which will take place during its 157th session in October, 1999.

Meanwhile, Dr. Al-Rasheed, in his capacity as the deputy chairman for Arab affairs on the executive council, reviewed with the chairman a number of topics of concern to the Arab world as well as aspects of cooperation between Saudi Arabia and UNESCO.