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Australian Permanent Delegation to UNESCO
Australia maintains a Permanent Delegation to UNESCO in Paris led by the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Australia to UNESCO, a position currently held by Mr George Mina (details below).
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), based in Paris, was founded on 4 November 1946. The Organization’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture communication and information.
Australia joined UNESCO on 4 November 1946 as a founding member of the Organization. Since then Australia has had a strong and rich involvement in the UNESCO community. Australia has participated actively in the diverse programme of work and has made important contributions to UNESCO’s achievements in a number of areas.
Mr George Mina
Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Australia to UNESCO
George Mina is the Australian Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, and Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy Paris. He also serves as non-resident Ambassador to Chad and as non-resident Ambassador to the Central African Republic.
George is a senior career officer of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Previous positions have included Assistant Secretary, Trade Policy, Assistant Secretary Services and Intellectual Property. He served as Senior Adviser to the Australian Minister for Trade in Parliament House Canberra (2007-2009). He has held postings as Counsellor, Australian Mission to the World Trade Organization, Geneva (2004-2007) and Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy Cairo (1999-2002).
George holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the Australian National University, an Honours degree in economics from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Modern Languages (French) from the University of New England. He speaks French and Arabic. He is married with three children.