Paris — The ranking of the top three candidates did not change in the second round of the UNESCO elections for a new director-general held Tuesday afternoon as Qatar’s candidate for the post of Director-General of the United Nations organization Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari remained in the lead with 20 votes out of the total 58 votes.
His nearest rivals, Audrey Azoulay of France and Moushira Khattab of Egypt, won 13 and 11 votes respectively. A fifth round will be held in case no candidate gets the absolute majority, but it is not required to get 30 votes this time. Then, 195 members in the General Conference will be appointed in view of recommendations from UNESCO’s Executive Board.
Greenberg and Hoenlein said Al-Kawari had violated UNESCO’s fundamental values by “endorsing, encouraging, sponsoring and supporting projects and programs with blatant anti-Semitic content”. The Foreign Ministry also issued a warning about the misquote. Tuesday’s results were unexpected for the Lebanese candidate and contradicted with her team’s expectations of getting additional votes (between two and three votes).
Sadly, the group of countries that Qatar and Mr. Al-Kawari join in these efforts have, in recent years, hijacked the UNESCO agenda to introduce and adopt abhorrent resolutions denying the Jewish and Christian religious connections to holy sites in Israel and pushing baseless claims of Israeli acts to destroy Muslim holy sites under its protection.
On Wednesday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told Egypt Today that Qatar was using its considerable financial muscle to to win votes on the executive board. The UNESCO vote for its next director general lasts for a maximum of five rounds. If there is a draw on Friday, a toss will decide the victor.
Source : NewsburghGazette