Biography of Matsuura Koichiro (1937-VVVV)

Japanese diplomat, born in Tokyo in 1937, who was Ambassador of Japan in France, Djibouti and Andorra, and since October 1999 director general of UNESCO. It is law degree by the University of Tokyo since 1959 and economy by Haverford College in United States since 1961.

In 1959, he/she joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and after passing through various destinations - OECD, United States, Ghana, etc.- and move up in the diplomatic career, in 1985 he/she was appointed consul general in Hong Kong. Between 1988 and 1992 he/she worked at the headquarters of exteriors in Tokyo, first as general director of economic cooperation and then as director-general of North American Affairs. The head of Foreign Affairs Michio Watanabe named you in 1992 Deputy Minister being confirmed in his post by his successor Kabun Muto, in April 1993. As such, he/she represented his country at the first Conference International on African Development (TICAD), held in Tokyo; at the Earth Summit, in Rio de Janeiro; and in the Group's preparatory work for the Summit of the G-7 of Tokio.Desde July 1994 was Ambassador of Japan in France, with competencies in Djibouti since December 1994, and Andorra, since July 1996. On November 30, 1998 he/she was elected member of the Committee for the world heritage of the UNESCO, with which it has worked extensively since then unanimously. On October 20, 1999 he/she was elected in Paris new director general of UNESCO to replace the Spanish Federico Mayor Zaragoza , who had been in the post since 1987.

He is the author of numerous works and collaborates with several publications. Among others, has published Sur le front of the politique diplomatique d'aide (1990), history of Japanese-American relations (1992), Focusing on the future (1993), Summit of the G-7: history and perspectives (1994) and development and perspectives of relations between Japan and France (1995). It is doctor "honoris causa" by the University Jean Moulin of Lyon, guest professor of the "Chubu Institute for Advanced Studies" of Japan and honorary member of the Association International of Medicine of the American Hospital of Paris.

Polyglot - he/she speaks English, French and Spanish-, is decorated with the Bintag Hama Jasa of Indonesia, is grand official of the national order of merit of France and Commander of the national order of 27 June of Djibouti.