United Nations Messengers of Peace

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United Nations Messenger of Peace is a title bestowed by the United Nations to "distinguished individuals, carefully selected from the fields of art, music, literature and sports, who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the United Nations.

The messengers are initially chosen for a period of three years, although three of the current 12 messengers, Michael Douglas, Elie Wiesel and Jane Goodall have served for more than ten years.

The Messengers of Peace scheme was instigated in 1998 as a central addition to the system of UN goodwill ambassadors and honorary ambassadors, which has been run by the different UN agencies since 1954, when UNICEF appointed Danny Kaye as its first goodwill ambassador.

Whilst the goodwill and honorary ambassadors mainly promote the work of the UN agency they are ambassador for, the messengers of peace are intended to promote the work of the United Nations in general and are appointed directly by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Current messengers[edit]

==Former messengers== * Muhammad Ali - designated 1998 * Vijay Amritraj - designated 2001 * Anna Cataldi - designated 1998 * Enrico Macias - designated 1997 * Facundo Cabral - designated 1996 * Wynton Marsalis - designated 2001 * Luciano Pavarotti - designated 1998 * Wangari Maathai - designated 2009 == Voormalig boodschappers == * Muhammad Ali - aangewezen 1998 * Vijay Amritraj - aangewezen 2001 * Anna Cataldi - aangewezen 1998 * Enrico Macias - aangewezen 1997 * Alpha Blondy - aangewezen in 2005 * Facundo Cabral - aangewezen 1996 * Wynton Marsalis - aangewezen 2001 * Luciano Pavarotti - aangewezen 1998 * Wangari Maathai - aangewezen 2009

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