UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are celebrity advocates of UNESCO
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations...

 (not diplomatic ambassador
An ambassador is the highest ranking diplomat who represents a nation and is usually accredited to a foreign sovereign or government, or to an international organization....

s) who use their talent or fame to spread the UNESCO ideals, especially attracting media attention. Other specialised categories of advocate include UNESCO Artist for Peace
UNESCO Artist for Peace
UNESCO Artists for Peace are international celebrity advocates for the United Nations agency UNESCO. This category of advocate is intended to heighten public awareness in addition to the categories UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, UNESCO Special Envoy and UNESCO Champion for Sport...

, UNESCO Champion for Sport
UNESCO Champion for Sport
UNESCO Champions for Sport are international celebrity sport personalities advocates for the United Nations agency UNESCO. This family of world-class athletes purveys UNESCO's message the world over...

 and UNESCO Special Envoy
UNESCO Special Envoy
UNESCO Special Envoys are personalities associated with various UNESCO programmes and projects who help to spread UNESCO’s message worldwide through their professional activities and their personal charisma....


Current list

The following is a list of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors along with the projects and activities they support.
Name Country Ambassador since Projects and activities they support Link
Ara Abramyan
Ara Abramyan
Ara Abramyan Ара Аршавирович Абрамян, is an Armenian-Russian businessman and the current president of the Union of Armenians in Russia, an NGO dedicated to advancing Armenian positions in Russia and promoting greater cooperation between Armenia and Russia.Abramyan was born in Soviet Armenia in...

 Russia 15 July 2003 Dialogue among Civilizations http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=12878&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Valdas Adamkus
Valdas Adamkus
Valdas Adamkus was President of Lithuania from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2004 to 2009.In Lithuania, the President's tenure lasts for five years; Adamkus' first term in office began on February 26, 1998 and ended on February 28, 2003, following his defeat by Rolandas Paksas in the next...

 Lithuania 29 September 2003 Construction of Knowledge Societies http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=12879&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Mehriban Aliyeva
Mehriban Aliyeva
Mehriban Arif qizi Aliyeva is the head of Azerbaijan's Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the wife of its current president Ilham Aliyev. The Sunday Times, writing in 2005 about Mrs...

 Azerbaijan 9 September 2004 Promotion and safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage
Intangible cultural heritage
The concept of intangible cultural heritage emerged in the 1990s, as a counterpart to the World Heritage that focuses mainly on tangible aspects of culture...

, especially oral traditions and expressions
Alicia Alonso
Alicia Alonso
Alicia Alonso Martínez is the Cuban prima ballerina assoluta and choreographer. Her company became the Ballet de Cuba in 1955....

 Cuba 7 June 2002 Promotion of ballet dancing (Programme of Intangible Heritage
Intangible cultural heritage
The concept of intangible cultural heritage emerged in the 1990s, as a counterpart to the World Heritage that focuses mainly on tangible aspects of culture...

Ivonne A-Baki   Ecuador 15 February 2010 http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/ivonne_a_baki_named_unesco_goodwill_ambassador/
Patrick Baudry
Patrick Baudry
Patrick Pierre Roger Baudry , is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the French Air Force and a former CNES astronaut...

 France September 1999 Education of young people through seminars, science conferences and projects in the field http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8291&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Pierre Bergé
Pierre Bergé
Pierre Bergé is a French industrialist and patron. He is perhaps best known as the co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House and former partner of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.-Early life:...

 France 2 July 1993 Campaign against HIV/AIDS, human rights, Cultural Heritage http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8285&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Chantal Biya
Chantal Biya
Chantal Biya is the First Lady of Cameroon. She was born in Dimako, East Province, to French expatriate Georges Vigouroux and Miss Doumé pageant winner Rosette Ndongo Mengolo. Chantal Biya spent her adolescence in Yaoundé.She married President Paul Biya on 23 April 1994, after his first wife,...

 Cameroon 14 November 2008 Education and Social Inclusion http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=45341&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Montserrat Caballé
Montserrat Caballé
Montserrat Caballé is a Spanish operatic soprano. Although she sang a wide variety of roles, she is best known as an exponent of the bel canto repertoire, notably the works of Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi....

 Spain 22 April 1994 Fundraising for children in distress and victims of war http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8286&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Pierre Cardin
Pierre Cardin
Pierre Cardin Cardin was known for his avant-garde style and his Space Age designs. He prefers geometric shapes and motifs, often ignoring the female form. He advanced into unisex fashions, sometimes experimental, and not always practical...

 France 1991 Promotion of the Chernobyl Program, creation of the Six Flags of Tolerance in 1995 and distribution in UNESCO Member States http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8287&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Claudia Cardinale
Claudia Cardinale
Claudia Cardinale is an Italian actress, and has appeared in some of the most prominent European films of the 1960s and 1970s. The majority of Cardinale's films have been either Italian or French...

 Italy March 2000 Promotion of women's rights, especially for women in the Mediterranean
Mediterranean Basin
In biogeography, the Mediterranean Basin refers to the lands around the Mediterranean Sea that have a Mediterranean climate, with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers, which supports characteristic Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and scrub vegetation...

; Environment issues
H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover
Caroline, Princess of Hanover
Caroline, Princess of Hanover, Hereditary Princess of Monaco , formally styled Her Royal Highness The Princess of Hanover , has been heiress presumptive to the throne of Monaco since 2005, a position which she previously held from 1957 to 1958.She is the wife of...

 Monaco 2 December 2003 Protection of children and the family, empowerment of women and girls in Africa
Africa is the world's second largest and second most populous continent, after Asia. At about 30.2 million km² including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4% of the total land area...

Esther Coopersmith   United States http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=46436&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Cheick Modibo Diarra
Cheick Modibo Diarra
Cheick Modibo Diarra is a Malian astrophysicist.Diarra was born in Nioro du Sahel, Mali. After graduating high school in Mali, Cheick Modibo Diarra studied mathematics, physics, and analytic mechanics in Paris at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, then aerospace engineering at Howard...

 Mali 1998 Promotion of education, especially in sciences, sustainable development in Africa http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8295&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Miguel Angel Estrella   Argentina 26 October 1989 Promotion of Culture of Peace and tolerance through music http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8296&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is an Icelandic politician who served as the fourth President of Iceland from 1980 to 1996. In addition to being both Iceland's and Europe's first female president, she was the world's first democratically elected female head of state...

 Iceland 1998 Promotion of linguistic diversity, women's rights, education http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8297&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
H.R.H. Princess Firyal of Jordan
Princess Firyal of Jordan
H.R.H. Princess Firyal is a Jordanian princess. Married to Prince Muhammad bin Talal from 1964 to 1978, she is the mother of Prince Talal Prince Ghazi and Princess Mia bin Muhammad. Princess Firyal is known as a socialite and philanthropist...

 Jordan 1992 Promotion of the Education for All
Education For All
Education For All is a global movement led by UNESCO, aiming to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by 2015. UNESCO has been mandated to lead the movement and coordinate the international efforts to reach Education for All...

 initiative, humanitarian actions, World Heritage, women's rights, especially Arab women 
Ivry Gitlis
Ivry Gitlis
Ivry Gitlis is an Israeli violinist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. He has performed with the world's top orchestras , and many of his recordings are considered classics.-Life:Born in Haifa, Mandate Palestine to Jewish immigrants from Russia,...

 Israel 1990 Support of education and Culture of Peace and Tolerance http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8301&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Nizan Guanaes
Nizan Guanaes
Nizan Guanaes is one of Brazil’s leading communications entrepreneurs and the chairman of Grupo ABC de Comunicação, ranked as 20th among the biggest Marketing Communications groups worldwide by Advertising Age – May 2010, and headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil.-Influential Brazilian:The Financial...

 Brazil 27 May 2011 http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=48538&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Christine Hakim
Christine Hakim
Herlina Christine Natalia Hakim , also known by the popular name Christine Hakim, is an Indonesian actress, film producer, and activist. Born to a devout Muslim family of a mixed-race background in Jambi, she grew up in Yogyakarta, aspiring to be an architect or psychologist...

 Indonesia 11 March 2008 Teacher education in South East Asia  http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=42071&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Bahia Hariri
Bahia Hariri
Bahia Hariri is a Lebanese politician and sister of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.- Early life and education :She was born in Sidon, located in the Southern governorate in Lebanon....

 Lebanon 17 November 2000 Preservation of World Heritage, education, culture, women's rights and sustainable development in the Arab world
Arab world
The Arab world refers to Arabic-speaking states, territories and populations in North Africa, Western Asia and elsewhere.The standard definition of the Arab world comprises the 22 states and territories of the Arab League stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Arabian Sea in the...

Vitaly Ignatenko   Russia 2008 Building of the capacities of the Russian language
Russian language
Russian is a Slavic language used primarily in Russia, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. It is an unofficial but widely spoken language in Ukraine, Moldova, Latvia, Turkmenistan and Estonia and, to a lesser extent, the other countries that were once constituent republics...

 journalists and promotion of the free circulation of ideas in the Russian-speaking world 
Jean Michel Jarre
Jean Michel Jarre
Jean Michel André Jarre is a French composer, performer and music producer. He is a pioneer in the electronic, ambient and New Age genres, and known as an organiser of outdoor spectacles of his music featuring lights, laser displays, and fireworks.Jarre was raised in Lyon by his mother and...

 France 24 May 1993 Protection of the environment (water, fight against desertification, renewable energies), youth and tolerance, safeguarding of World Heritage  http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8312&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière   France 27 August 2009 http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/marc_ladreit_de_lacharriere_is_appointed_unesco_goodwill_ambassador/
H.R.H. Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco
Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco
Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco is first daughter and eldest child of the late King Hassan II of Morocco and his wife Lalla Latifa Hammou.After she obtained her Baccalaureat in 1981, Princess Lalla Meryem was appointed by her father as the President of Social Works of the Royal Army Forces.In...

 Morocco July 2001 Protection of childhood and women's rights http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8313&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Omer Zülfü Livaneli
Zülfü Livaneli
Ömer Zülfü Livanelioğlu is a popular Turkish folk musician , a novelist, newspaper columnist and a film director who has been highly popular for decades...

 Turkey 20 September 1996 Promotion of peace and polerance through music and promotion of human rights http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8314&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand   Thailand 24 March 2005 Empowerment of Minority Children and the Preservation of their Intangible Cultural Heritage
Intangible Cultural Heritage
The concept of intangible cultural heritage emerged in the 1990s, as a counterpart to the World Heritage that focuses mainly on tangible aspects of culture...

Jean Malaurie
Jean Malaurie
Jean Malaurie was born on December 22, 1922 in Mainz . He is a French cultural anthropologist, geographer, physicist and writer, as well as the Director and founder of the Terre Humaine series .- Biography :...

 France 17 July 2007 In charge of arctic polar issues, promoting environmental issues and safeguarding the culture and knowledge of the peoples of the Arctic
The Arctic is a region located at the northern-most part of the Earth. The Arctic consists of the Arctic Ocean and parts of Canada, Russia, Greenland, the United States, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. The Arctic region consists of a vast, ice-covered ocean, surrounded by treeless permafrost...

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, and was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, and the leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing...

 South Africa 12 July 2005 http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=28351&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
H.R.H. Grand Duchess María Teresa of Luxembourg
Maria Teresa, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
Maria Teresa, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg is the spouse and Grand Duchess of Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg.-Early life and education:...

 Luxembourg 10 June 1997 Education, Women's rights
Women's rights
Women's rights are entitlements and freedoms claimed for women and girls of all ages in many societies.In some places these rights are institutionalized or supported by law, local custom, and behaviour, whereas in others they may be ignored or suppressed...

, microfinance
Microfinance is the provision of financial services to low-income clients or solidarity lending groups including consumers and the self-employed, who traditionally lack access to banking and related services....

 and campaign against poverty
Rigoberta Menchu Túm
Rigoberta Menchú
Rigoberta Menchú Tum is an indigenous Guatemalan, of the K'iche' ethnic group. Menchú has dedicated her life to publicizing the plight of Guatemala's indigenous peoples during and after the Guatemalan Civil War , and to promoting indigenous rights in the country...

 Guatemala 21 June 1996 Promotion of Culture of Peace, protection of rights of indigenous people http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8319&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Oskar Metsavaht   Brazil 27 May 2011 http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=48539&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Vik Muniz
Vik Muniz
Vicente José de Oliveira Muniz, known as Vik Muniz , is a visual artist living in New York City.-Early career:Muniz began his career as a sculptor in the late 1980s after relocating from Brazil to Chicago and later to New York. His early work grew out of a post-Fluxus aesthetic and often involved...

 Brazil 27 May 2011 http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=48540&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Kitín Muñoz   Spain 22 April 1997 Protection and promotion of indigenous cultures and their environment http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8320&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Ute-Henriette Ohoven   Germany 1992 UNESCO Special Ambassador for Education of Children in Need http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8321&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Cristina Owen-Jones   Italy 23 March 2004 HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Program http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=24004&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Kim Phuc Phan Thi   Vietnam 10 November 1994 Protection and education for children, orphans and innocent victims of war http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8323&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Susana Rinaldi
Susana Rinaldi
Susana Natividad Rinaldi is an Argentine tango singer.Dubbed "La Tana", she was born Susana Natividad Rinaldi in Buenos Aires on December 25, 1935. The daughter of a wealthy father and a poor mother, she spent her childhood moving throughout different provinces of Argentina...

 Argentina 28 April 1992 Street children, Culture of Peace http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8326&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Yazid Sabeg
Yazid Sabeg
Yazid Sabeg, born on 8 January 1950 in Guelma, Algeria, is the president of the administrative council of the French high-technology firm CS Communication and Systems and also a member of the French Institute of International and Strategic Relations....

 France 16 February 2010 http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/yazid_sabeg_named_unesco_goodwill_ambassador/
H. E. Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker   Saudi Arabia 1989 Fundraising, children and women in need, victims of war, education, microfinance http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8328&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Madanjeet Singh
Madanjeet Singh
Madanjeet Singh is an Indian artist, writer, former diplomat and philanthropist. Since 2000 he has been a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador....

 India 16 November 2000 Founder of the South Asia Foundation, which promotes regional cooperation through education and sustainable development http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8330&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Zurab Tsereteli
Zurab Tsereteli
Zurab Konstantines dze Tsereteli is a Georgian-Russian painter, sculptor and architect who holds the office of President of the Russian Academy of Arts.- Life :...

 Georgia (country) 30 March 1996 Cultural and artistic projects http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8331&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Giancarlo Elia Valori   Italy 2001 Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage
Intangible cultural heritage
The concept of intangible cultural heritage emerged in the 1990s, as a counterpart to the World Heritage that focuses mainly on tangible aspects of culture...

Marianna Vardinoyannis
Marianna Vardinoyannis
Marianna Vardinoyannis is an UNESCO advocate and an active personality in both regional and international level that fights for the rights of children and the family, and she is known for her combats against the sexual abuse of children, via the Foundation for the Child and the Family which was...

 Greece 21 October 1999 Protection of childhood; promotion of cultural olympics; humanitarian relief for war victims http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8333&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Milú Villela   Brazil 10 November 2004 Voluntary Action and Basic Education in Latin America
Latin America
Latin America is a region of the Americas where Romance languages  – particularly Spanish and Portuguese, and variably French – are primarily spoken. Latin America has an area of approximately 21,069,500 km² , almost 3.9% of the Earth's surface or 14.1% of its land surface area...

Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
Forest Steven Whitaker is an American actor, producer, and director. He has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and for his recurring role as ex-LAPD Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on the gritty, award-winning television...

 United States http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=48562&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
Honorary Ambassadors
Laura Welch Bush   United States 13 February 2003 UNESCO Honorary Ambassador for the Decade of Literacy in the context of the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003–2012) http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=25022&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

Former Ambassadors

Name Country Tenure as Ambasador Link
Yehudi Menuhin
Yehudi Menuhin
Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, OM, KBE was a Russian Jewish American violinist and conductor who spent most of his performing career in the United Kingdom. He was born to Russian Jewish parents in the United States, but became a citizen of Switzerland in 1970, and of the United Kingdom in 1985...

Mstislav Rostropovich
Mstislav Rostropovich
Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich, KBE , known to close friends as Slava, was a Soviet and Russian cellist and conductor. He was married to the soprano Galina Vishnevskaya. He is widely considered to have been the greatest cellist of the second half of the 20th century, and one of the greatest of...

 Russia 1998–2007

See also

  • List of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors
  • UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador
    UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador
    UNFPA Goodwill Ambassadors are celebrity advocates of the United Nations Population Fund and use their talent and fame to advocate for the human right of reproductive health.-Current Goodwill Ambassadors:...

  • UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
    UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
    UNHCR Goodwill Ambassadors are celebrity representatives of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees who use their talent and fame to advocate for refugees.-Current Ambassadors:...

  • UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador
    UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador
    UNIDO Goodwill Ambassadors are expert advocates of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and use their talent and experience to advocate for sustainable industrial development in developing countries...

    The United Nations Development Fund for Women, commonly known as UNIFEM was established in December 1976 originally as the Voluntary Fund for the United Nations Decade for Women in the International Women's Year. Its first director was Dr. Margaret Snyder, Ph.D...

     Goodwill Ambassador
  • WHO Goodwill Ambassador
    WHO Goodwill Ambassador
    WHO Goodwill Ambassadors are celebrity advocates of the World Health Organization and use their talent and fame to advocate for health and well-being.-List of Goodwill Ambassadors:WHO Goodwill Ambassadors, and the year they were appointed:...

  • FAO Goodwill Ambassador
    FAO Goodwill Ambassador
    The FAO Goodwill Ambassadors Programme was initiated in 1999. The main purpose of the programme is to increase public awareness and to disseminate information on issues related to food security, hunger and poverty in the world...


External links

  • UNESCO.org: Brochure of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors
  • BBC News
    BBC News
    BBC News is the department of the British Broadcasting Corporation responsible for the gathering and broadcasting of news and current affairs. The department is the world's largest broadcast news organisation and generates about 120 hours of radio and television output each day, as well as online...

    : The UN's goodwill hunters
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