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 fourteen messengers, Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall, and Yo-Yo Ma have served for more than ten years.

The Messengers of Peace scheme was instigated in 1997 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.[1]

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.

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  1. ^ "About Messengers of Peace". United Nations. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  2. ^ "United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs announces former astronaut Scott Kelly as Champion for Space". www.unis.unvienna.org. United Nations. United Nations Information Service, Vienna. 20 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Malala Yousafzai made youngest UN Messenger of Peace". BBC News. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.

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