UNESCO statements on Mrs. Lily Marinho decease, a Goodwill Ambassador of the Organization
UNESCO issued notes on Mrs. Lily Marinho decease, she was a Goodwill Ambassador of the Organization, on 1st January 2011.
The director of UNESCO in Brazil office Vincent Defourny expressed, through a note, condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Lily, highlighting her relevant role in encouraging cultural activities and her support to “social projects for the less fortunate. (She) Collaborated tirelessly to bring together different cultures and people, always bearing a message of tolerance and peace. The way that was dedicated to cultural and social affairs of the country will be recorded in our memories,” stated Vincent Defourny.
The general director of UNESCO Irina Bokova also expressed, in a note, that the Organization “has lost a long-standing ally and a very close friend. Lily Marinho was deeply committed to education and culture, working to bring together people of all ages, nationalities and social backgrounds. Everything she did to promote cultures and bring them closer was marked by her profound conviction that the beautiful and the good go together. This won her the distinction of being the first Brazilian woman to become a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador,” said Irina Bokova.