Artists for Peace
|Eighth Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors|
21-05-2008 9:55 pm On 20 May 2008 UNESCO Director-General Mr Koïchiro Matsuura opened the 8th Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris. These Annual Meetings bring together outstanding personalities from the worlds of arts, business, charity and diplomacy. They serve as a means for the Goodwill Ambassadors to discuss the work they have been doing on behalf of the Organization, to share best practices and to discuss with the Secretariat the priority programmes for future advocacy.
UNESCO’s flagship programme Education for All, cultural diversity and languages as well as the International Year of Planet Earth, water and ways to respond to the threat of climate change were the themes on the agenda of this year’s meeting.
In his opening address, the Director-General commended all the Goodwill Ambassadors working to raise awareness of UNESCO’s activities and exhorted the Goodwill Ambassadors to continue to support UNESCO’s efforts “to maintain the global momentum at this crucial juncture. Let us identify ways in which we can join forces to help the millions who still do not enjoy the right to education. We must not fail them.” (see Director-General Flash Info 60-2008)
The Goodwill Ambassadors then presented their work of the past year and discussed their experiences and the many ways in which they supported the Organization’s activities, such as through advocacy work, fund raising, international galas and concerts, as well as through various local projects and contributing with their expertise to roundtables and international conferences.
At the end of their meeting, the Goodwill Ambassadors urged the international community to work with UNESCO step up its efforts to build a peaceful, just and knowledge driven world (see UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors' statement "Now is the time").
The cultural events organized on the occasion of the Annual Meeting included the exhibition of paintings Chemins d’Orient by Japanese artist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Professor Ikuo Hirayama and the exhibition and concert, Goodwill Angels of Azerbaijan, organized by the First Lady of Azerbaijan, Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva. The performance featured young talents from the National Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Children’s Choir of Azerbaijan, as well as the Baku School of Choreography.
The following Goodwill Ambassadors attended the eighth Annual Meeting: Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva, Mr Patrick Baudry, Mr Pierre Bergé, Cheick Modibo Diarra, HE Mr Miguel Angel Estrella, HE Mrs Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, HRH Princess Firyal of Jordan, Mr Ivry Gitlis, Mrs Christine Hakim, Mr Jean Michel Jarre, Professor Jean Malaurie, HRH Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco, Mrs Ute-Henriette Ohoven, Lady Owen-Jones, Mrs Kim Phuc Phan Thi, Mrs Susana Rinaldi, Mr Madanjeet Singh, Mr Zurab Tsereteli, and Mrs Marianna Vardinoyannis.
“Now is the time” say UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors. Read their statement.
“Director-General convenes 8th Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors” (Flash Info 60-2008)
Photo (© M. Ravassard): UNESCO Director-General Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, surrounded by the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, during the Annual Meeting on 20 May 2008 at the Organization’s Headquarters.
Lower row from left to right: Mrs Basma Irsheid, Chief of Programme of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, Mrs Susanna Rinaldi, Mrs Ute-Henriette Ohoven, Mrs Marianna Vardinoyannis, Mr Jean Michel Jarre, HRH Princess Firyal of Jordan, Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO Director-General, HRH Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco, HE Mrs Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, Mrs Christine Hakim, Mr Pierre Bergé, Lady Owen-Jones, Mr Cheick Modibo Diarra, and Mrs Kim Phuc Phan Thi. Upper row: HE Mr Miguel Angel Estrella, Mr Patrick Baudry Mr Ivry Gitlis, Mr Madanjeet Singh, Prof Jean Malaurie, and Mr Zurab Tsereteli.