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Franghiz Ali-Zadeh designated UNESCO Artist for Peace

In a ceremony at the Organization’s Headquarters on 3 April 2008, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura designated Azerbaijani musician Ms Franghiz Ali-Zadeh as UNESCO Artist for Peace*, in the presence of Mr Elçin Efendiyev, Vice Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ambassador Olabiyi Babalola Joseph Yaï, Chairman of the Executive Board, and Mrs Eleonora Husseinova, Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Azerbaijan to UNESCO.

The ceremony also included a performance of Ms Ali-Zadeh’s “Mugham Sayagi” by the T'ang Quartet from the Republic of Singapore.

Ms Ali-Zadeh’s designation is in recognition of “her efforts to raise public awareness on musical education for orphans and children in need, her contribution to spreading UNESCO’s message of peace and tolerance and her dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization”.

In welcoming Ms Ali-Zadeh as a UNESCO Artist for Peace at the ceremony, the Director-General paid tribute to her “exemplary career” and remarkable accomplishments in building ”cultural bridges through the creation of a unique musical style, combining the Azerbaijani Mugham** tradition and contemporary techniques”.

Referring to her humanitarian actions, Mr Matsuura observed that “education, and in particular Education for All, is at the heart of this Organization’s mission and central to the Millennium Development Goals. Education is key to addressing the disastrous situation of deprived children around the world and I am grateful that in her capacity as UNESCO Artist for Peace, Ms Ali-Zadeh will support the activities of the Organization’s Programme for the Education of Children in Need.”

During a bilateral meeting preceding the ceremony, Mr Elçin Efendiyev, Vice Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, expressed his pride and satisfaction in Ms Ali-Zadeh’s designation as Artist for Peace. He also informed the Director-General that the preparations for the UNESCO Regional Conference in Support of Global Literacy to be held in Baku from 14 to 16 May were well under way.




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** Mugham, a traditional musical form known in Azerbaijan, based on a highly structured system and characterized by a large degree of improvisation, was proclaimed Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2003.

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Author(s): Office of the Spokeswoman - Source: Flash Info N° 044-2008 -  Publication Date: 04-04-2008

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