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New Permanent Observer of La Francophonie Presents Letter of Appointment
(Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service)
Filippe Savadogo, the new Permanent Observer of La Francophonie to the United Nations, today presented his letter of appointment to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Savadogo was the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Communications of Burkina Faso from June 2007 to April 2011, a period in which he also served as Government Spokesman responsible for La Francophonie.
Between September 1996 and August 2007, he was Ambassador to France, accredited also to Spain, Portugal, Vatican City and Tunisia, while serving simultaneously as Permanent Delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). During the same period, he served as Personal Representative of the President to the Permanent Council of La Francophonie within the International Organization of La Francophonie.
From 1984 to 1996, Mr. Savadogo was the Permanent Secretary-General of the Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou.
He was educated at the University of Ouagadougou, the University of Bordeaux II and III, the Institut Français de Presse at the University of Paris II (Panthéon), and at the University of Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle).
Born in Yako, in Passoré Province, Burkina Faso, on 26 May 1954, he is married and has three children.
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