Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand appointed UNESCO Goodwill AmbassadorUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will appoint Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Empowerment of Minority Children and the Preservation of their Intangible Cultural Heritage at a ceremony to be held in Bangkok on March 24*.
Her Royal Highness will be nominated in recognition of her “oustanding commitment to education and to the welfare of children in remote areas.”
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn holds a doctoral degree in Development Education from Srinakharinwirot University, and has worked on development projects in health and hygiene, education, water resource development, agriculture and cottage industries.
A scholar of Pali, Sanskrit, Cambodian and several other languages, and a gifted practitioner of traditional Thai musical instruments, Her Royal Highness is currently the Director of the Department of History at the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy. She also runs several philanthropic organizations and foundations promoting Thai culture and higher education, protecting the environment, and supporting disabled veterans. The Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Foundation, established in 1979, supports needy students in schools, vocational colleges and universities.
As UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will join other distinguished persons as the Grand-Duchess of Luxembourg, Princess Firyal of Jordan, the Princess of Hanover, Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco, Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker, Vigdis Finnbogadottir, former President of Iceland, Mehriban Aliyeva, First Lady of Azerbaijan. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are an outstanding group of celebrity advocates who use their talent and status to spread the ideals of the Organizations and its work.
The ceremony will take place during the official visit of the Director-General to Thailand. During his visit, Mr Matsuura will attend the Fourth Session of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) and award the 2004 UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education to Vitit Muntarbhorn, Professor of Law at Chulalongkorn University (Thailand). The Director-General will also meet Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and several other ministers.
* 9 – 10 a.m., Dusidalai Hall, Chitralada Villa, Bangkok.