Cristina Owen-Jones named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS prevention educationUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will designate Cristina Owen-Jones as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador “in recognition of her personal commitment to UNESCO’s programmes for HIV/AIDS prevention education and for her dedication to the ideals and objectives of the Organization.”
The ceremony will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on Tuesday, March 23 at 6.30 p.m.
Following her designation, Ms Owen-Jones plans to concentrate mainly on UNESCO projects for HIV/AIDS prevention education. To prepare for this work Ms Owens-Jones travelled to South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique earlier this month to visit centres working on HIV/AIDS prevention education.
She also attended the meeting of the Committee of Cosponsoring Organizations (CCO) of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, which was chaired by Mr Matsuura. During her trip, which she qualified as “training” for her activities as Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS prevention education, Ms Owen-Jones said:
“AIDS is ravaging Sub-Saharan Africa, and is threatening to have an equally devastating effect in other parts of the world, killing millions and eroding many countries’ development potential. Projects in several African countries have demonstrated the ability of education to reduce the spread of the pandemic. It is essential that we increase the reach of prevention education to save the lives of millions of people, and the invaluable human resources, which they represent for their countries’ development.”
Ms Owen-Jones will work with private sector companies, foundations and individuals interested in joining UNESCO’s HIV/AIDS prevention education drive and will raise funds for projects in this field.
Over the past few years, the Italian-born Ms Owen-Jones - who is married to Lindsay Owen-Jones, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of cosmetics company L’Oréal – has worked with UNESCO’s Programme for the Education of Children in Need. She has been particularly active in supporting the Don Bosco centres for street children in Argentina.
Journalists wishing to attend the ceremony must contact UNESCO’s Press Service, tel. +33 (0)1 45 68 17 48.