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DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF UNESCO

Sixth Annual Meeting of UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors

Sixth Annual Meeting of UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors

On 15 March 2006, Koďchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, welcomed 26 of UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors for their annual meeting.

He called upon the Goodwill Ambassadors “to continue helping us to fulfil the Organization’s important missions, especially in regard to the five principal programme priorities”.

The two-day meeting aims to review activities undertaken by the Goodwill Ambassadors since the previous meeting one year ago and to enlist their support for the Organization’s priorities.

During the opening session, the Director-General thanked the Goodwill Ambassadors for their continuing support and highlighted the Organization’s priorities for the coming biennium. “I am convinced,” he said, “that the principal priorities we have chosen are the right ones for the Organization at this time”. He called upon the Goodwill Ambassadors “to continue helping us to fulfil the Organization’s important missions, especially in regard to the five principal programme priorities”. He also asked them to help to increase UNESCO’s visibility worldwide: “Your participation in UNESCO’s programmes certainly helps to achieve this visibility. A kind of virtuous circle comes into play when this happens – the more support you give to our work, the more visible it becomes; and, as it becomes more visible, our work becomes stronger and attracts further support.” With regard to the sixtieth anniversary of the Organization, the Director-General encouraged the Goodwill Ambassadors to take an active role in the anniversary celebrations by attending or organizing major events.

Mr Matsuura then detailed the two-day agenda, which will highlight three main areas: first, UNESCO’s initiatives in the field of Education for All, in particular the Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE), the Teacher Training Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (TTISSA), and EDUCAIDS, the UNESCO-led Global Initiative on Education and HIV and AIDS; second, UNESCO’s initiatives for the promotion of Books and Libraries; and, third, UNESCO’s work regarding post-crisis and post-disaster situations.

Following the Director-General’s opening speech; many Goodwill Ambassadors gave presentations on their respective activities and expressed their enthusiasm and readiness to continue to actively assist the Organization.

The following UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are attending the Annual Meeting: Mr Ara Abramian; Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva; Mr Patrick Baudry; Mr Pierre Bergé; Ms Claudia Cardinale; Mr Cheick Modibo Diarra; Mr Miguel Angel Estrella; H.R.H. Princess Firyal; Mr Ivry Gitlis; H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover; Mrs Bahia Hariri; Mr Ikuo Hirayama; Mr Jean Michel Jarre; Mr Ömer Zülfü Livaneli; H.R.H. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg; H. R. H. Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco; Mr Kitín Muńoz; Lady Cristina Owen-Jones; Mrs Kim Phuc Phan Thi; Mrs Susana Rinaldi; H.E. Mr Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker; Mr Madanjeet Singh; Mr Zurab Tsereteli; Mrs Marianna Vardinoyannis; Mrs Milu Villela.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokesperson
  • Source:Flash Info n°039-2006
  • 16-03-2006
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