Romanian president visits UNESCO Mariana Nicolesco nominated UNESCO Artist for PeaceRomanian President Traian Basescu will visit UNESCO on November 21. During his visit, Romanian soprano Mariana Nicolesco will receive the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace from Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. The ceremony will take place at UNESCO Headquarters at 4 p.m. (6th floor) after a meeting between President Basescu and Koïchiro Matsuura.
In addition to the bilateral meeting and the nomination ceremony, the Romanian President and the Director-General will present two stamps issued by the Romanian Post to commemorate UNESCO’s 60th anniversary.
Mariana Nicolesco will be nominated UNESCO Artist for Peace “in recognition of her commitment to musical heritage, artistic creation and dialogue between cultures,” and “her contribution to promoting the ideals of the Organization.”
Born in Romania, Ms Nicolesco studied in Italy on a scholarship at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome. During her time there, she won the Rossini International Competition. Ms Nicolesco has been acclaimed in the world’s most renowned opera houses and concert halls, notably for works by Verdi, Donizetti and Bellini. She is the founder of the annual International Song Competition in Romania for the promotion of young talent, in which young artists from 25 countries participate.
UNESCO’s Artists for Peace are international celebrities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote UNESCO’s message and programmes. Among them are Japanese painter Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola, Spanish dancer Joaquín Cortés, Mozambican painter Malangatana, Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil, now Brazil’s Minister of Culture, Lebanese musician Marcel Khalifé, Nigerian painter Prince Twins Seven-Seven and American-Indian writer Scott Momaday.
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