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Koïchiro Matsuura

Director-General, UNESCO

Koïchiro MatsuuraMr. Koïchiro Matsuura was appointed on 12 November 1999 to serve a six-year term as Director-General of UNESCO by the Organization's General Conference.

Mr. Matsuura was educated at the Law Faculty of the University of Tokyo and at the Faculty of Economics of Haverford College (Pennsylvania, USA) and began his diplomatic career in 1959.

Posts held by Mr. Matsuura include those of Director-General of the Economic Cooperation Bureau of Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1988); Director-General of the North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1990); and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. He has also served as the Chairperson of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee for one year, until November 1999.


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