• Official Candidate of Lebanon to the Post of the Director General of UNESCO
    Candidate officielle du Liban au Poste de Directeur général de l’UNESCO


Vera El Khoury Lacoeuilhe is born in Beirut in 1959. She is a diplomat with over two decades of in-depth experience in multilateral diplomacy and international relations.

Her broad knowledge of the design and structure of international organizations gives Vera El Khoury Lacoeuilhe international-level recognition as an authority on the UN system. In January 2016, she became a member of the “Independent Team of Advisors” established by the Economic Social and Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), to formulate recommendations on the long term positioning of the United Nations Development System. She also teaches at the Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University a Master 2 level seminar entitled “International Institutions and Organizations”.

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Vera El Khoury Lacoeuilhe est née en 1959 à Beyrouth, Liban. Elle est une diplomate qui possède une expérience approfondie de plus de 20 ans de la diplomatie multilatérale et des relations internationales.

Sa vaste connaissance de l’architecture et de la structure des organisations internationales a valu à Vera El Khoury Lacoeuilhe une reconnaissance internationale au sein du système des Nations Unies. En Janvier 2016, elle est nommée membre de l’«Equipe indépendante des conseillers» établie par le Conseil Economique et Social des Nations Unies (ECOSOC) et chargée de formuler des recommandations sur le positionnement à long terme du système de développement des Nations Unies. Elle enseigne aussi à l’Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne le séminaire de niveau Master 2 intitulé «Institutions et Organisations internationales».

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ولدت فيرا الخوري لاكوي في بيروت، لبنان في عام 1959. هي دبلوماسية تتمتع بخبرة معمقة تعود الى اكثر من عشرين عاماً في مجال الدبلوماسية المتعددة الأطراف والعلاقات الدولية.

إن معرفة فيرا الخوري لاكوي الواسعة بهيكلية وبمضمون المنظمات الدولية منحتها اعترافاً دولياً لدورها الريادي البارز في منظومة الأمم المتحدة. في كانون الثاني 2016، عُيّنَت عضواً في “فريق المستشارين المستقل” الذي أنشأه المجلس الاقتصادي والاجتماعي التابع للأمم المتحدة والمكلّف بوضع توصيات حول مكانة نظام تطوير الأمم المتحدة على المدى الطويل. هي تُحاضر ايضاً في جامعة باريس 1 بانتيون-السوربون مستوى ماستر 2 حول موضوع “المؤسسات والمنظمات الدولية”.


Diplomatic Career

Diplomat at UNESCO and at the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF) (1996-2016)

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International Experience

Vera El Khoury Lacoeuilhe is a diplomat with over two decades of in-depth experience in multilateral diplomacy and international relations, strongly committed to the ideals of the United Nations.

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Personal Life

Vera El Khoury  Lacoeuilhe was born in 1959 in Beirut – Lebanon. She is married and has two children. She is both a Lebanese and French citizen and is fluent in Arabic, French and English.

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Honors & Awards

Knight of the National Order of Merit / Chevalier de l’ordre national du Mérite

President of the French Republic

Insignia of the Order of Vytautas the Great / Vytauto Didžiojo ordino medalis

President of the Republic of Lithuania



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