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  • Professor Jean Malaurie joins ranks of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors

    17-07-2007 7:00 pm French professor Jean Malaurie was designated a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, in charge of arctic polar issues, by UNESCO’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura during a ceremony on 17 July 2007 at Organization Headquarters, in the presence of Her Excellency Mrs Joëlle Bourgois, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of France to UNESCO.Malaurie+DG.jpg

    Professor Malaurie, director of the Centre d’Etudes Arctiques (Centre of Arctic Studies) at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris and director emeritus for research at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), is a leading ethnohistorian and geomorphologist. His designation as Goodwill Ambassador recognizes his "personal commitment to promoting environmental issues and to safeguarding the culture and knowledge of the peoples of the Great North".

    Born in 1922 in Mainz (Germany), first European to reach the North Pole in May 1951, Professor Malaurie has led more than 30 scientific expeditions that have taken him throughout the Great North from Greenland to Siberia. The author of numerous books, including “The Last Kings of Thule”, translated in 23 languages, and “Call of the North”, he founded the Terre Humaine publishing house to make ethnology accessible to a wider public.

    As a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, in charge of arctic polar issues, Professor Malaurie will bring moral, scientific and intellectual support to UNESCO programmes focused on climatic changes.

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    Photos © UNESCO/M.Ravassard, top: Professor Jean Malaurie, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO Director-General, during the designation ceremony on 17 July 2007 at the Organization's Headquarters.
    Bottom: HE Mrs Joëlle Bourgois, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of France to UNESCO, Professor Jean Malaurie, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO Director-General, during the designation ceremony on 17 July 2007 at the Organization's Headquarters.

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