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Vietnamese Diplomat Runs for Top UNESCO Position

For the first time, a Vietnamese diplomat is in the running to be the director-general of UNESCO.

Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau is currently serving as director of the Culture and UNESCO Department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He recently clinched a nomination for the director-general position of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the 2017 – 2021 term, reports VnExpress.

According to the news source, the nomination was announced during a ceremony held on July 30 in Da Nang by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the presence of various representatives from United Nations agencies and international organizations in Vietnam.

Chau speaks English and French fluently. According to Zing, from 1986 to 1996 he worked as an interpreter for many of Vietnam’s top officials. The 55-year-old diplomat was stationed in Belgium from 2011 to 2014 as Vietnam’s ambassador for Belgium and the European Union.

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