Egypt has nominated former family and population minister Moushira Khattab to contest for the director-general position of the United Nations’ cultural agency UNESCO.

This is the second attempt by Egypt after it nominated former culture minister Farouk Hosni who lost the election in 2009 to Irina Bokova.

Egyptian Moushira Khattab seeks to be the next woman director-general after Bokova, and also be the first from the African region.

She is a human rights advocate known for championing women’s and children’s causes. Khattab is also on the board of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.

She is among nine nominees aiming for the top job which has had only ten directors in its 72-year history, seven of whom have come from Europe or North America.

The nominees include: Saleh Mahdi Al-Hasnawi (Iraq), Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari (Qatar), Audrey Azoulay (France), Polad Bulbuloglu (Azerbaijan), Vera El-Khoury Lacoeuilhe (Lebanon), Juan Alfonso Fuentes Soria (Guatemala), Pham Sanh Chau (Vietnam) and Qian Tang (China).

The elections will be held in October.

Separately, Egypt will chair the United Nations Security Council this month and it has promised to review sanctions on some countries over sale of weapons to terrorist groups.

The Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement cited by local media Ahram Online that the review will be done to evaluate the effectiveness of earlier sanctions imposed by the council.

Egypt says it will work as the chair to eliminate the supply of weapons, ammunition and military equipment to terrorist groups as part of UN resolution 2253.

This is the second time Egypt is chairing the UN Security Council since it gained non-permanent membership in 2016.

Source: NAM News Network