UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

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UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are celebrity 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 advocate include UNESCO Artist for Peace, UNESCO Champion for Sport and UNESCO Special Envoy.

Current list[edit]

The following is a list of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors along with the projects and activities they support.[1]

Name Country Ambassador since Projects and activities they support[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]
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[5] 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[6] 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[7] UNESCO Honorary Ambassador for the Decade of Literacy in the context of the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003–2012) [52]

Former Ambassadors[edit]

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 [8]
Mstislav Rostropovich  Russia 1998–2007 [8]
Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker  Oman 1989–2011 [56][57]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ UNESCO.org: Indonesian actress and producer Christine Hakim designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, 11-03-2008
  6. ^ UNESCO.org: Professor Jean Malaurie joins ranks of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, 17-07-2007
  7. ^ UNESCO.org: Laura Bush named Honorary Ambassador, 13-02-2003
  8. ^ a b Brochure of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, page 30

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