17 July 2007

Early bird for UNESCO top job

Just got a word: Oman has officially nominated her ambassador to UNESCO, Musa Bin Jaafar Bin Hassan for the UNESCO DG.

Considering that the incumbent DG, Koïchiro Matsuura of Japan, was reappointed just less than two years ago (his term expires in late 2009), such a move by the Sultanate of Oman might seem to be really premature.

On the other hand, Bin Hassan has some credits, no least of which is his presidency over the 33rd UNESCO General Conference in 2005 - and at that time the Organization celebrated - at the highest level - its 60th anniversary

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