Esther Coopersmith

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Esther Coopersmith was a United States Representative to the United Nations between 1979 and 1980. Between 1981 and 1993 she served as Advisor to the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, held in Vienna, Austria. In 1985 she was a delegate to the World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women in Nairobi, Kenya. In 1999 and 2000, she was the President’s Observer to UNESCO.

Mrs Coopersmith has undertaken various initiatives to promote the rapprochement of cultures in areas like the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, Thailand and India.

In 2009, Mrs Coopersmith was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue. She was awarded various prizes and awards such as the United Nations Peace Prize, 1984 (first woman since Eleanor Roosevelt); the Peace Award of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland, 1987; the Humanitarian Award by the Government of Armenia, 1991; the Decree of Appreciation for Humanitarian Assistance by the Government of Russia, 1992 and a Decoration by the Government of Thailand, 2006.


15 September 2009:

Director-General designates Mrs Esther Coopersmith as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for intercultural dialogue

Flash Info N° 161-2009 

Address by the Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the designation of Esther Coopersmith as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador