First Lady of Ukraine to be named Special Envoy for the promotion of young talentThe First Lady of Ukraine, Lyudmyla Kuchma, will be designated UNESCO Special Envoy for the promotion of young talent. Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will appoint Ms Kuchma in a ceremony at Organization Headquarters on Wednesday, May 12, (5 p.m., Hall Segur).
Ms Kuchma receives this distinction “in recognition of her many generous initiatives in support of gifted youth and her profound dedication to the Organization’s ideals and objectives.”
Ms Kuchma works with two charitable organizations, the National Foundation Ukraine for Children and the All-Ukranian Fund Hope and Goodness, of which she is Honorary President. Created at the First Lady’s initiative in 2000, Hope and Goodness has provided substantial support and financial assistance to thousands of children from children’s homes, orphanages, foster homes, low income and one parent families.
It also runs a number of programmes to favour the development of young talents in the arts, including the organization of children’s art festivals in the Artek International Recreation Centre for Children (Crimea, Ukraine). Artek brings together some 5,000 young people every summer and this year’s edition has been granted UNESCO patronage. Plans are underway for UNESCO to cooperate with the Fund.
As a UNESCO Special Envoy, Ms Kuchma will support activities for the promotion of young talent at all levels in Central and East European countries. Other UNESCO special envoys include H.H. Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Misnad (UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education) and H.R.H. Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud (UNESCO Special Envoy for Water).
Parallel to the ceremony, Ms Kuchma and the Director-General of UNESCO will inaugurate an exhibition on Ukraine’s contemporary decorative arts.
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