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In a ceremony today at UNESCO Headquarters, the Director-General conferred the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace on the world-famous soprano, Ms Sumi Jo (Republic of Korea)

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07-04-2003 - In a ceremony today at UNESCO Headquarters, the Director-General conferred the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace on the world-famous soprano, Ms Sumi Jo (Republic of Korea). He characterized Ms Jo as “one of the outstanding operatic artists of our time, a tireless cultural ambassador for her country, and a champion of peace and humanitarian causes”.

Noting that Ms Jo “takes the responsibilities of celebrity seriously and has put her fame to good use”, Mr Matsuura expressed his delight that she had agreed to play a new role, that of UNESCO Artist for Peace. “She joins forces with UNESCO and our Artists for Peace in seeking to ensure that the cause of peace will always have a voice, a voice that will be heard all over the world”, he said.

In addition, the Director-General took note of Ms Jo’s personal interest in intangible cultural heritage, especially the establishment of a system of “Living Human Treasures”. Living Human Treasures are persons who embody, in the very highest degree, the skills and techniques necessary for the production, transmission and continuation of traditional culture.

On receiving her nomination as UNESCO Artist for Peace, Ms Jo thanked the Director-General for this high honour and spoke of the importance of the arts in pursuing and promoting peace. She also said she would take a special interest in how the Living Human Treasures system can have a particular impact upon young people so that they learn more about their heritage of traditional culture.


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