Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel today (14 October) issued the following statement following the nomination of French candidate Audrey Azoulay as the new Director‑General of UNESCO:
I welcome Audrey Azoulay’s nomination and wish her much energy and courage to take the steps necessary to reform UNESCO. There is no doubt that reform is urgently needed, as the recent discussions have shown. That is why we have agreed a reform agenda with Audrey Azoulay and assured her of our full support. In doing so, we want to contribute to the work for global reason which Willy Brandt called for in his speech to UNESCO over 40 years ago. The work of UNESCO is improved by working with a clear compass to ensure that the organisation effectively fulfils its tasks of promoting international cultural exchange and protection of cultural property.