Princess of Hanover named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the education of young girls and womenUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura has decided to appoint Her Royal Highness the Princess of Hanover a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador “in recognition of her personal commitment to the protection of children and the family, and of her contribution to the promotion of UNESCO’s programmes for the education of girls and women.”
The appointment ceremony will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on Tuesday, December 2 at 6.30 p.m.
Following her appointment, the Princess of Hanover plans to concentrate mainly on a UNESCO project aiming to improve the lives of young girls and women by providing them with non-formal education, vocational training and microcredits. The project, which will be implemented over a two-year period, will involve community training centres in several countries in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
The Princess of Hanover holds a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the Sorbonne (Paris). For 20 years, she has worked for the benefit of children in need, notably by guiding the activities of the Princess Grace Foundation - which she has presided since 1982 - towards educational programmes targeting the most underprivileged children and enabling some of them to have a brighter future.
The Princess of Hanover is also the president of AMADE Mondiale (Association Mondiale des Amis de l’Enfance), which works to protect the physical and spiritual well-being of children.
Several other UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors will attend Tuesday’s ceremony, including Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco, Claudia Cardinale, Sheikh Ghassan Shaker and Patrick Baudry.
Journalists wishing to attend the ceremony must request accreditation from UNESCO’s Press Service, tel. +33 (0)1 4568 17 48