13 January 2010
Since the beginning of November 2009 the UNESCO Office in Almaty has new Director. The Director-General of UNESCO has decided to appoint to this post Mr Sergey Lazarev (Russian Federation).Born in 1954, Mr Lazarev holds a post-graduate degree in International Relations from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the USSR Academy of Sciences. He also has the title of Senior Research Fellow.
Mr Lazarev began his professional career as a Research Fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow. He then moved to the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences as Scientific Secretary responsible for the conception, monitoring and management of social and human sciences.
Mr Lazarevís work in UNESCO started in January 1988. In October 1994, he became Chief, Section for Tolerance. In this capacity coordinated the preparation and implementation of the celebration programme for the United Nations Year for Tolerance, including the drafting of the milestone Declaration of Principles on Tolerance adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in 1995.
From December 2000 to March 2002, Mr Lazarev was entrusted with the responsibilities of Chief, Executive Office of the Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences.
Since April 2002, Mr Lazarev has been the Chief of the Struggle against Discrimination and Racism Section. In this context, he led the preparation of UNESCOís Integrated Strategy to Combat Racism, Discrimination, Xenophobia and related intolerance adopted by the 32nd session of the General Conference in 2003 and of the UNESCO contribution to the Durban Review Conference held in Geneva in April 2009. Among his responsibilities in this position is the global coordination of the Coalition of Cities against Racism and Discrimination project.