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  • H. E. Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker
    The diplomat and businessman H.E. Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker figures among the most highly decorated personalities from the Arab world. Holder of the most prestigious national distinctions and orders, and educated at Victoria College and at Cambridge, H.E. Sheikh Shaker enjoys the respect of political and business leaders the world over.

    Since his designation as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1989, this outstanding philanthropist and humanitarian has funded numerous educational projects benefiting women, children and refugees. His help has enabled UNESCO to rebuild and equip destroyed schools and provide emergency aid to women and children whose lives had been affected by war. H.E. Sheikh Shaker is also committed to UNESCO’s programme for the safeguarding of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, for which he supports financially two masterpieces, the Cultural Space of the Boysun District (Uzbekistan) and the Al-Sirah al-Hilaliyya Epic (Egypt). H.E. Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker has also initiated and contributed to the publishing of the book about the Land of Frankincense, a site inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List.

    A tireless fund-raiser and advocate for the cause of the needy, H.E. Sheikh Shaker continues to lend his generous support wherever there is a pressing need for humanitarian assistance.

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    Contribution of HE Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker to the UNESCO project of the Cultural Space of the Boysun District in Uzbekistan
    Boysun-project_tn.jpgHis Excellency Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, donated US$ 50,000 for the UNESCO project “Cultural Space of the Boysun District in Uzbekistan”. The objective of this project is to protect and promote the local traditional culture of the district of Boysun in Uzbekistan. More

    Sixth Annual Meeting of UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors
    AM2006-tn70.jpgFrom 15 to 16 March 2006, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris was the venue for an impressive gathering of the Organization’s Goodwill Ambassadors. The 2006 Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, convened by the Director-General, brought together a large number of these outstanding personalities, who come from the worlds of art, film, music, literature, charity and public affairs. More

    2005 Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors
    AM-2005-group-web550-thumb.jpgEducation for All, Education for Sustainable Development and UNESCO’s response to natural disasters were the three themes on the agenda for the Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, which took place on March 3 and 4 2005 at Organization Headquarters. UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura opened the session, followed by a speech by Michael Abiola Omolewa, President of the General Conference. More

    Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors at UNESCO Headquarters, 26-27 February 2004
    tumb-group-small.jpgUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura received the Goodwill Ambassadors at UNESCO Headquarters on 26 and 27 February 2004 for their the annual meeting.
  • Photo Gallery: 2004 Annual Meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors More


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    Shaker-2-200.jpgH.E. Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker
    H.R.H. Princess Firyal, H.E. Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker and Mrs Kim Phuc Phan Thi, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, during the Annual meeting in July 2000 at UNESCO Headquarters

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    H.Exc. Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker, H.Exc. Mrs Aziza Bennani, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Maroc to UNESCO and Mrs Claudia Cardinale during the Annual meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors on February 2002 at UNESCO Headquarters

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    H.E. Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker and Mrs Kim Phuc Phan Thi, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors during the Annual meeting on February 2002 at UNESCO Headquarters

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    H.E. Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker and Mr Julio Werthein, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors during the Annual meeting on February 2002 at UNESCO Headquarters

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    H.E. Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker and Mrs Claudia Cardinale, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors during the Annual meeting on February 2002

    IMG_2281-tn.jpgAnnual Meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors 2006

    tn_IMG_9654thumb.jpgAnnual Meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors 2005
    UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors H.E. Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker, Mr Omer Zülfü Livaneli and Mr Cheick Modibo Diarra

    tn_IMG_9701thumb.jpgAnnual Meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors 2005
    UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs Kim Phuc Phan Thi, Chief of Programme of UNESCO Celebrity Advocates Mrs Basma Irsheid, Mrs Sherin Shaker and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador H.E. Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker

    Annual-6-tumb.jpg2004 Annual Meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors
    H. E. Mr Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker, UNESCO Director-General Mr Koïchiro Matsuura and Mrs Kim Phuc Phan Thi during the Annual Meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors, 26-27 February 2004

    Annual-4-tumb.jpg2004 Annual Meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors
    H. E. Mr Valdas Adamkus, Mrs Ute-Henriette Ohoven and H. E. Mr Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker during the Annual Meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors, 26-27 February 2004


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