Mr. Firmin Edouard Matoko, is currently is the Assistant Director-general of the Africa Department and External Relations of UNESCO. Prior, he was Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office with the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), as well as UNESCO Representative to Ethiopia. He served as Director in Quito and Bamako UNESCO Cluster Offices and as Chief of the Education for peace, human rights and democracy Section, in the Division for the Promotion of Quality education of the Education Sector as well as Senior Programme Specialist of the Culture of peace National Programmes Unit in UNESCO’s Paris headquarters.
Among his main publications : « Les fondements endogènes d’une culture de la paix en Afrique. Mécanismes traditionnels de prévention et résolution des conflits en Afrique, Publication UNESCO, 1999 » and a number of reports relating to the culture of peace in Africa, Asia and Latin America.