Irina Bokova (video message)

Director-General of UNESCO

Irina Bokova is a Bulgarian politician and the current Director-General of UNESCO. The first woman to hold this position, she plays a key role in international efforts to advance gender equality, improve education and cut off funding for terrorism. She has spearheaded UNESCO’s activities on Holocaust remembrance and awareness and is the first Director-General of the Organization to appoint a Special Envoy for Holocaust Education. Bokova was previously a member of the Bulgarian parliament from the Bulgarian Socialist Party for two terms, Deputy Minister and acting Minister of Foreign Affairs in the cabinet of Prime Minister Zhan Videnov, and was Bulgaria's ambassador to France and to Monaco. She will be addressing the 4th Global Baku Forum via video message.