The Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Sunday started the campaign for the nomination of Culture Minister Farouq Hosni as the chief of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the official MENA news agency reported.
Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit on Sunday chaired a meeting of a working group that ran the support campaign for Hosni, terming the nomination as very important and one of the main priorities of Egypt's embassies abroad, said the report.
On July 30, Egypt decided to nominate Hosni for the post of the UN cultural agency's director-general. Hosni would become the first Arab to hold the position if elected.
Hosni, an abstract painter, has been the Egyptian Culture Minister since 1987.
According to an earlier MENA report, the incumbent UNESCO chief Koichiro Matsuura of Japan will leave office in 2009 and nomination applications for the post are now starting.
The UNESCO was founded in 1945 with the aim of promoting international cooperation in the fields of education, science and culture.