UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Jean-Michel Jarre celebrates "Water for Life" in the Sahara“Water for Life” is the theme UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Jean-Michel Jarre has chosen for an exceptional concert among the sand dunes of the Moroccan Sahara on 16 December. The concert will also be one of the highlights marking the end of the United Nations International Year of Deserts and Desertification and part of the UN Water for Life Decade (2005-2015).
Using his hallmark state-of-the-art visual and sound technology, the French composer/musician will stress the importance of protecting and properly managing the planet’s limited freshwater resources and halting the advance of desertification.
Desertification affects the lives of more than 250 million people and threatens another 1.2 billion in 110 countries. An estimated 60 million of those affected in sub-Saharan Africa are expected to move towards northern Africa and Europe by 2020.
The Modern Arab Orchestra of Casablanca, the Morocco Philharmonic Orchestra and a number of eminent soloists will join Jean-Michel Jarre on-stage for this unique concert which will take place at Merzouga in Morocco. It will be filmed in high-definition and broadcast live across the region by Moroccan public television and to the rest of the world via the internet and on HD channels. A post-production version will be available for broadcast by international television channels after the event.
The concert is organized with the support of the Kingdom of Morocco and is being held under the auspices of UNESCO.
Jean-Michel Jarre’s spectacular concert-events have attracted audiences of over one million people around the world. Since his nomination as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1993, he has used these international events as a platform to raise awareness of UNESCO’s mission. Highlights of his work include his Millennium Concert at the Pyramids of Gizeh in Egypt and his Concert for Tolerance at the Paris Eiffel Tower, commemorating UNESCO’s 50th Anniversary.
Details of the “Water for Life” concert will be presented at a press conference at UNESCO Headquarters on Thursday, November 23 at 11 am (Room V).
|Source||Media Advisory N°2006-69|
|Editorial Contact:||Accreditation : Isabelle Le Fournis, Press Relations Section, tel. +33 (0)1 45 68 17 48|
|Publication Date||20 Nov 2006|