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75352 PARIS 07 SP, France


Nurturing the democratic debate.  
26-04-2004 5:40 pm France’s most renowned social activist, Abbé Pierre, and Father Pedro, a leader in the fight against poverty in Madagascar, will hold a press conference with the participation of the French singer Daniel Facérias, and Serguei Lazarev of UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector, at UNESCO Headquarters on Wednesday April 28 (11 a.m. in Room IV). They will present a concert tour and a book of conversations between Father Pedro and Abbé Pierre, Pour un monde de justice et de paix (for a world of justice and peace, published by the Presses de la Renaissance, France).

Mr Facérias, for his part, will present his benefit “Concert for Peace” tour to 22 French cities (including a concert at UNESCO on May 7). The tour is organized in support of Father Pedro’s work, including the creation of a music school in Madagascar.

Born Pedro Pablo Opeka in San Martin (Argentina) in 1948, Father Pedro has been helping Madagascar’s poorest communities for the past 30 years. Today, his projects provide a livelihood to more than 20,000 people, including 9,000 school children. They receive support from UNESCO’s Programme for Children in Need. created in 1992. The Programme operates some 225 projects in 80 countries in Asia, Africa, the Arab States, Latin America and Europe and is part of UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector. It has invested more than US$26 million, from private donations and fund raising campaigns, to help millions of children around the world, notably by giving them access to education, the key to hope, dignity and the exercise of individual rights.

Journalists wishing to attend the concert should contact Eva Palmiro, Bureau of Public Information, Public Relations and Cultural Events Section, tel +33 (0)1 45 68 05 16 e.palmiro@unesco.org

Journalists wishing to attend the press conference should request accreditation from Isabelle Le Fournis, UNESCO’s Press Relations Section, tel +33 (0)1 45 68 17 48 i.le-fournis@unesco.org

Source Media advisory No 2004 - 31


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