UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador is an official postnominal honorific title, title of authority, legal status and job description assigned to those goodwill ambassadors and advocates who are designated by the United Nations. UNESCO goodwill ambassadors are celebrity and expert advocates of UNESCO (not diplomatic ambassadors) who use their talent or fame to spread the UNESCO ideals, especially attracting media attention. Other specialized categories of advocates include UNESCO Artist for Peace, UNESCO Champion for Sport and UNESCO Special Envoy.

Current UNESCO goodwill ambassadorsEdit

The following is a list of UNESCO goodwill ambassadors along with the projects and activities they support:[1]

Name Country Date Projects and Activities Supported[2] Link
Yalitza Aparicio   Mexico 4 October 2019 Indigenous Peoples [3]
Andrés Roemer   Mexico September 2017 Societal Change and the Free Flow of Knowledge [4]
Princess Dana Firas   Jordan 29 June 2017 Heritage protection and preservation _
Deeyah Khan   Norway 17 November 2016 Artistic freedom and creativity [1]
Maha al-Khalil Chalabi   Lebanon 17 February 2016 Heritage protection and preservation in Tyre [5]
Christiane Amanpour   United Kingdom 29 April 2015 Freedom of expression and journalist safety [2]
Keith Chatsauka-Coetzee   South Africa 12 July 2012 [3]
Sunny Varkey   India 2012 Promoter of education. Currently in United Arab Emirates. [4]
Nasser David Khalili   United Kingdom October 2012 Promotion of intercultural dialogue and promotion of peace through education and culture. [5]
Hayat Sindi   Saudi Arabia 1 October 2012 Promotion of science education for Arab women [6]
Forest Whitaker   United States 21 June 2011 [7]
Nizan Guanaes   Brazil 27 May 2011 [8]
Vik Muniz   Brazil 27 May 2011 [9]
Oskar Metsavaht   Brazil 27 May 2011 [10]
Ivonne A-Baki   Ecuador 15 February 2010 Peace [11]
Yazid Sabeg   Algeria 16 February 2010 [12]
Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière   France 27 August 2009 [13]
Esther Coopersmith   United States 2009 [14]
Christine Hakim   Indonesia 11 March 2008[6] Teacher education in South East Asia [15]
Chantal Biya   Cameroon 14 November 2008 Education and Social Inclusion [16]
Vitaly Ignatenko   Russia 2008 Building of the capacities of the Russian language journalists and promotion of the free circulation of ideas in the Russian-speaking world [17]
Jean Malaurie   France 17 July 2007[7] In charge of arctic polar issues, promoting environmental issues and safeguarding the culture and knowledge of the peoples of the Arctic [18]
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand   Thailand 24 March 2005 Empowerment of Minority Children and the Preservation of their Intangible Cultural Heritage [19]
Mehriban Aliyeva   Azerbaijan 9 September 2004 Promotion and safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage, especially oral traditions and expressions [20]
Milú Villela   Brazil 10 November 2004 Voluntary Action and Basic Education in Latin America [21]
Cristina Owen-Jones   Italy 23 March 2004 HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Program [22]
Ara Abramyan   Russia 15 July 2003 Dialogue among Civilizations [23]
The Princess of Hanover   Monaco 2 December 2003 Protection of children and the family, empowerment of women and girls in Africa [24]
Valdas Adamkus   Lithuania 29 September 2003 Construction of Knowledge Societies [25]
Alicia Alonso   Cuba 7 June 2002 Promotion of ballet dancing (Programme of Intangible Heritage) [26]
Giancarlo Elia Valori   Italy 2001 Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage [27]
Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco   Morocco July 2001 Protection of childhood and women's rights [28]
Claudia Cardinale   Italy March 2000 Promotion of women's rights, especially for women in the Mediterranean; Environment issues [29]
Bahia Hariri   Lebanon 17 November 2000 Preservation of World Heritage, education, culture, women's rights and sustainable development in the Arab world [30]
Madanjeet Singh   India 16 November 2000 Founder of the South Asia Foundation, which promotes regional cooperation through education and sustainable development [31]
Patrick Baudry   France September 1999 Education of young people through seminars, science conferences and projects in the field [32]
Marianna Vardinoyannis   Greece 21 October 1999 Protection of childhood; promotion of cultural Olympics; humanitarian relief for war victims [33]
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir   Iceland 1998 Promotion of linguistic diversity, women's rights, education [34]
Cheick Modibo Diarra   Mali 1998 Promotion of education, especially in sciences, sustainable development in Africa [35]
Kitín Muñoz   Spain 22 April 1997 Protection and promotion of indigenous cultures and their environment [36]
Grand Duchess María Teresa of Luxembourg   Luxembourg 10 June 1997 Education, Women's rights, microfinance and campaign against poverty [37]
Omer Zülfü Livaneli   Turkey 20 September 1996 Promotion of peace and tolerance through music and promotion of human rights [38]
Rigoberta Menchu Túm   Guatemala 21 June 1996 Promotion of Culture of Peace, protection of rights of indigenous people [39]
Zurab Tsereteli   Georgia 30 March 1996 Cultural and artistic projects [40]
Kim Phuc Phan Thi   Vietnam 10 November 1994 Protection and education for children, orphans and innocent victims of war [41]
Montserrat Caballé   Spain 22 April 1994 Fundraising for children in distress and victims of war [42]
Jean Michel Jarre   France 24 May 1993 Protection of the environment (water, fight against desertification, renewable energies), youth and tolerance, safeguarding of World Heritage [43]
Pierre Bergé   France 2 July 1993 Campaign against HIV/AIDS, human rights, Cultural Heritage [44]
Ute-Henriette Ohoven   Germany 1992 UNESCO Special Ambassador for Education of Children in Need [45]
Susana Rinaldi   Argentina 28 April 1992 Street children, Culture of Peace [46]
Princess Firyal of Jordan   Jordan 1992 Promotion of the Education for All initiative, humanitarian actions, World Heritage, women's rights, especially Arab women [47]
Pierre Cardin   France 1991 Promotion of the Chernobyl Program, creation of the Six Flags of Tolerance in 1995 and distribution in UNESCO Member States [48]
Ivry Gitlis   Israel 1990 Support of education and Culture of Peace and Tolerance [49]
Miguel Angel Estrella   Argentina 26 October 1989 Promotion of Culture of Peace and tolerance through music [50]
Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker   Saudi Arabia 1989 Fundraising, children and women in need, victims of war, education, microfinance [51]
Honorary Ambassadors
Laura Welch Bush   United States 13 February 2003[8] UNESCO Honorary Ambassador for the Decade of Literacy in the context of the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003–2012) [52]

Former AmbassadorsEdit

Name Country Tenure as Ambassador Link
Marin Constantin   Romania 1992–2011 [53]
Ikuo Hirayama   Japan 1989–2009 [54]
Lily Marinho   Brazil 1999–2011 [55]
Yehudi Menuhin    Switzerland
  United Kingdom
1992–1999 [9]
Mstislav Rostropovich   Russia 1998–2007 [9]
Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker   Oman 1989–2011 [56][57]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ UNESCO.org: UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors:
  2. ^ UNESCO.org: Projects and activities supported by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors
  3. ^ "Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio named UNESCO goodwill ambassador for indigenous peoples", ABC 7, 4 October 2019
  4. ^ "Andrés Roemer to be designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Societal Change and the Free Flow of Knowledge". UNESCO. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Maha El-Khalil Chalabi named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador". UNESCO. 15 February 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  6. ^ UNESCO.org: Indonesian actress and producer Christine Hakim designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, 11-03-2008
  7. ^ UNESCO.org: Professor Jean Malaurie joins ranks of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, 17-07-2007
  8. ^ UNESCO.org: Laura Bush named Honorary Ambassador, 13-02-2003
  9. ^ a b Brochure of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, page 30

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