Koïchiro Matsuura

Koïchiro Matsuura has led the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as Director-General for the past seven years, carrying out major institutional reforms while advancing a range of programmes, from universal basic education to preservation of living arts and cultures. He began his diplomatic career in 1961 with a posting to Ghana, covering ten West African countries, and worked in development cooperation and political affairs, with a focus on North America. Mr. Matsuura served as Japan’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1992 to 1994.