The nine candidates in the running to be the next Director-General of UNESCO were announced in March 2017.
The candidates are: Mr Polad Bülbüloğlu (Azerbaijan); Mr Phạm Sanh Châu (Vietnam); Ms Moushira Khattab (Egypt); Mr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari (Qatar); Mr Qian Tang (China); Mr Juan Alfonso Fuentes Soria (Guatemala); Mr Saleh Al-Hasnawi (Iraq); Ms Vera El-Khoury Lacoeuilhe (Lebanon); and Ms Audrey Azoulay (France).
A biography and vision statement from each candidate is available on the UNESCO website. The candidates will be interviewed in a live session during the 201st UNESCO Executive Board on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 April 2017. The live stream may be seen at http://en.unesco.org/executive-board/dg-candidates-2017
A new Director-General will be nominated by the UNESCO Executive Board and appointed by the General Conference in November 2017; the Director-General will stand for a period of four years. Information on the candidates, including their vision statements and biography together with the procedure for the nomination of the Director-General, is available here: http://en.unesco.org/executive-board/dg-candidates-2017