List of UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors in alphabetical order and brief description of their mission

  • Ms Ivonne A-Baki, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting dialogue among cultures; mobilizing partners, especially for the safeguarding of the Yasuni reserve
  • Mr Ara Abramian, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting cultural activities
  • Ms Alsou Abramova, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting childhood development and protecting vulnerable people throughout the world
  • H.E. Mr Valdas Adamkus, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting the knowledge Societies. Sponsoring of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity Masterpieces - The Sanscrit Kutiyattam theatre in India
  • Mr Virgilijus Alekna, UNESCO Champion for Sport, promoting sports in Schools
  • Ms Mehriban Aliyeva, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting oral and musical traditions. Supporting the Education For All Programme
  • Ms Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting musical education for orphans and children in need
  • Ms Alicia Alonso, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting  ballet dance (Intangible Program Inheritance)
  • Mr Seidnaly Sidahmed Alphadi, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting culture and development in the service of peace, respect and human dignity through fashion
  • Ms Christiane Amanpour, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting the fundamental human rights of freedom of expression in particular press freedom and access to information
  • Mr Amri Aminov, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting the message of peace and tolerance
  • Mr Metin Arditi, UNESCO Special Envoy for Intercultural Dialogue, promoting a culture of Peace by musical education
  • Ms Shirley Bassey, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting UNESCO's aims and ideals
  • Mr Patrick Baudry, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting youth education and a culture of peace
  • Ms Marisa Berenson, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting culture
  • Ms Chantal Biya, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting Education for All Programme; reinforcing the Biya Center; encouraging social and educational inclusion; mobilising African first ladies and African civil society
  • Ms Elisso Bolkvadze, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting the musical education of children, notably through her Foundation Lyra
  • Mr Chico Bouchikhi, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting a culture of peace
  • Ms Sarah Brightman, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting cultural dialogue and the exchanges among cultures
  • Mr Serghiy Bubka, UNESCO Champion for Sport, promoting peace and tolerance through sport and an Olympic spirit
  • Ms Laura Bush, Honorary Ambassador for the United Nations Literacy Decade, promoting universal education and literacy; supporting teachers and the teaching profession
  • Ms Sayon Camara, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting  the activities undertaken by UNESCO's fields of competence
  • Ms Veronica Campbell-Brown, UNESCO Champion for Sport, promoting gender equality in sport
  • Mr Pierre Cardin, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting tolerance and mutual understanding through Art
  • Ms Claudia Cardinale, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting  Women's Rights; sponsoring Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity Masterpieces
  • H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting education among young girls and women; contributing to strengthening women's capacities to promote education for children in rural areas
  • Ms Maha EL-KHALIL Chalabi, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting the Preservation of the City of Tyre and Its Surroundings, which has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1984
  • Ms Lauren Child, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting the programme Education of Children In Need
  • China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting UNESCO's programmes for overcoming disability through music and the performing arts
  • Ms Jane Constance, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting the rights of persons with desabilities and raising public awareness on inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities in societies
  • Ms Esther Coopersmith, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting intercultural and interreligious dialogue; promoting cultural heritage preservation and their safeguarding in post-conflict territories
  • Mr Joaquin Cortes, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting the folkloric and artistic legacy of the gypsies
  • H.R.H. Princess Dana Firas of Jordan, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting and protecting heritage as a pillar for sustainable development and responsible tourism notably through her activities as President of the Petra National Trust
  • Ms Maria de Medeiros, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting artistic education
  • Mr Cheick Modibo Diarra, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting education, especially within the sciences; advocating sustainable development in Africa; supporting the Education for All Programme
  • Mr Manu Dibango, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting the development of arts, peace and dialogue among cultures throughout the world
  • Die Brenz Band, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting the International exchange of knowledge and practice in theatre arts in order to consolidate peace and solidarity between peoples
  • Ms Céline Dion, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting the values ​​of family and child protection
  • Mr Placido Domingo, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting a culture of peace by musical education
  • Mr David Douillet, UNESCO Champion for Sport, promoting social inclusion through education and sport
  • Ms Urszula Dudziak, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting music as a force to raise public awareness on the importance of education of young students, of women empowerment and cultural diversity
  • Mr Tan Dun, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting intercultural dialogue, consciousness of the scarcity of natural resources such as water and the diversity of languages, through music
  • Mr Kudsi Ergüner, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting the universal values of music as an essential tool for a dialogue among cultures; safeguarding the musical heritage
  • Mr Miguel Angel Estrella, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting the culture of peace and tolerance through music
  • Mr Vyacheslav Fetisov, UNESCO Champion for Sport, promoting  the values of physical education and sport with a view of building a better future for young generations
  • H.E. Ms Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting linguistic diversity, women's rights and education
  • H.R.H. Princess Firyal of Jordan, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting education for all, especially for children; support of women's rights and the conservation of World Heritage
  • Mr Juan Diego Flórez, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting social inclusion and education, especially in his capacity as President of the Foundation Sistema de Orquestas Infantiles y Juveniles del Perú
  • Mr Franketienne, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting the francophone literature; safeguarding and defending the Haitian culture
  • Dr Sen Genshitsu, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting a culture of peace through the traditional Japanese tea ceremony
  • Mr Gilberto Gil, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting the Brazilian culture
  • Mr Ivry Gitlis, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting education, a culture of peace and tolerance
  • Mr Nizan Guanaes, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting youth and social inclusion, with a particular emphasis on  empowerment of vulnerable groups; communicating key UNESCO messages and contents to Brazilian society and worldwide
  • Mr Valery Guerguiev, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting dialogue between cultures and civilisations
  • Mr Juan Luis Guerra, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting UNESCO's programmes for children in need by advocating youth violence prevention
  • H2O Orchestra, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting education through art, notably among young people and further developing water management in an equitable and sustainable manner
  • Ms Christine Hakim, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting teacher education
  • Mr Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting Intercultural dialogue on innovative thinking and alternative approaches to building a culture of peace with greater equality and freedom for all societies
  • Ms Bahia Hariri, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting education, culture, the environment, women's rights, sustainable development and the preservation of world heritage in the Arab World
  • Ms Justine Henin, UNESCO Champion for Sport, promoting UNESCO's programme for anti-doping in sport
  • Mr Alain Husson-Dumoutier, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting UNESCO's programme for a culture of peace and non-violence
  • Mr Vitaly Ignatenko, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting educational, scientific, cultural and information exchanges among all Russian language speakers, as well as promoting Russian language culture and information around the world
  • Mr Jean-Michel Jarre, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting tolerance and the defense of environment and cultural heritage
  • Ms Sumi Jo, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting the Korean culture
  • Ms Missa Johnouchi, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting UNESCO's programme for safeguarding the tangible and intangible cultural heritage
  • Mr Dani Karavan, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting peace through sculpture
  • Mr Cyprien Katsaris, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting a culture of peace through classical music
  • Ms Guila Clara Kessous, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting the defense of Human Rights through Art in general and theatre in particular
  • Mr Marcel Khalife, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting musical heritage
  • Professor Nasser D. Khalili, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting peace and intercultural dialogue through education and culture
  • Ms Deeyah Khan, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for artistic freedom and creativity, promoting art as a universal language and force for development, dialogue and social cohesion; contributing to build more just and free societies through her activities undertaken as a filmmaker
  • H.E. Mr Mwai Kibaki, UNESCO Special Envoy for Water in Africa, promoting education as an important tool for the success of water management in a sustainable manner
  • Ms Beate Klarsfeld, UNESCO Special Envoy for Education about History of Holocaust and genocide prevention, promoting education about the history of the Holocaust and the prevention of genocide
  • Mr Serge Klarsfeld, UNESCO Special Envoy for Education about History of Holocaust and genocide prevention, promoting education about the history of the Holocaust and the prevention of genocide
  • Mr Vitaliy Klitschko, UNESCO Champion for Sport, promoting educational activities for distressed children
  • Mr Wladimir Klitschko, UNESCO Champion for Sport, promoting educational activities for distressed children
  • Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting world heritage through education
  • Chœur et Orchestre Philharmonique International, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting tolerance and a culture of peace
  • Mr Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting education for all; fighting against discrimination and promoting equal opportunities through his Foundation «Culture & Diversité» in association with UNESCO
  • H.R.H. Princess Lalla Meryem of the Kingdom of Morocco, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting Children and Women's Rights
  • Mr Titouan Lamazou, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting exchange and dialogue between peoples, cultures and civilizations
  • H.R.H. Princess Laurentien of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development, promoting literacy for Development
  • Ms Gong Li, UNESCO Artist for Peace, Promoting UNESCO's aims and ideals
  • Ms Tania Libertad, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting  classical music
  • Ms Peng Liyuan, UNESCO Special Envoy for the Advancement of Girls' and Women's Education, promoting UNESCO's programme for the empowerment of girls and women through quality of education, and for the fight against inequalities in education
  • Mr Rabah Madjer, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting inclusion, non-discrimination and a culture of peace and non-violence, particularly using sport as a vehicule for transmitting such universal values as human rights and tolerance
  • H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting UNESCO's programmes for minority children and the preservation of the intangible cultural heritage 
  • Mr Herman Makarenko, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting music as a vehicle for dialogue and mutual understanding among people, notably through the performances of the Kyiv-Classic Orchestra
  • Mr Jean Malaurie, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting UNESCO's programmes for polar arctic issues, idigenous people and climate changes
  • H.R.H. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting education, woman's rights, microfinance and campaign against poverty; empowering adolescents to become agents of social transformation
  • Mr Serguei Markarov, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting intercultural dialogue  through classical music
  • Mr Milton Masciadri, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting a culture of peace through classical music
  • Mr Denis Matsuev, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting musical education and supporting young talents through the Foundation "New Talents"
  • Mr Han Meilin, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting art and artistic education in China; promoting quality education for young people
  • Ms Rigoberta Menchu Túm, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting a culture of peace; protecting  the rights of indigenous societies
  • Ms Maria Francesca Merloni, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for creative cities, promoting creativity as a vehicle for sustainable social, cultural and economic development; for the development of UNESCO's creative cities
  • Mr Oskar Metsavaht, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting a culture of peace and Sustainability; prioritizing youth; promoting sustainable human development
  • Ms Zarifa Mgoyan, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting education for children and adults with disabilities throughout music
  • Ms Vera Michalski-Hoffmann, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting the literary creation and the practice of reading, in particular through the activities carried out by the Jan Michalski Foundation
  • Mr Marcus Miller, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting awareness-raising, within the international community, on the virtues of jazz as a tool and force for peace, dialogue and enhanced cooperation. Promoting the Slave Route Project
  • Mr Ino Mirkovic, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting the culture of peace through the world of music
  • Mr N. Scott Momaday, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting the restoration and preservation of Native American heritage and cultural traditions and promoting intercultural dialogue
  • Ms Ahlem Mosteghanemi, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting women's rights, intercultural dialogue and the fight against violence
  • Mr Vik Muniz, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting  UNESCO's programmes on arts education and  building collaborative bridges among international actors in domains such as Arts and Education
  • Mr Davaajargal Munkhbat Hakuho, UNESCO Champion for Sport, promoting activities for East Asian Youths
  • Mr Kitín Muñoz Valcarlez, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting indigenous culture and environment, and Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity Masterpieces
  • Ms Nadia NADIM, UNESCO Champion for Girls' and Women's Education, promoting sport and gender equality, UNESCO's educational action in favour of young people, girls' and women's education and the Organization's action worldwide
  • Ms Marina Nicolesco, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting musical heritage, artistic creation and intercultural dialogue
  • Mr Eijin Nimura, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting a culture of peace, through the world of music
  • Mr Ali Mahdi Nouri, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting the reintegration of child soldiers and war orphans in the Sudan through the Al-Bugaa Theatre
  • Ms Alexandra Ochirova, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting peace through philosophy
  • Ms Ute-Henriette Ohoven, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador the Education of Children in Need, promoting the UNESCO's programme Children in Need
  • Lady Cristina Owen-Jones, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting UNESCO's 'Children in Need' program and the fight against HIV/AIDS; promoting partnerships between UNESCO and private companies
  • Mr Edson Arantes Do Nascimento Pelé, UNESCO Champion for Sport, promoting sports as means of social expression
  • Mr Danilo Pérez, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting UNESCO's programmes for providing outreach music programmes to children living in extreme poverty in Panama
  • Ms Kim Phuc Phan Thi, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting UNESCO's programme for a culture of peace
  • Mrs Judith Pisar, UNESCO Special Envoy for Cultural Diplomacy, promoting culture and art as vehicles of peace, sustainable development and inclusion; fostering dialogue among people
  • Mr Marko Pogacnik, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting UNESCO's work in the field of UNESCO Global Geoparks as well as the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB)
  • Mme Susana Rinaldi, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting UNESCO's programme for a culture of peace
  • Mr Andrés Roemer, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for societal changes and the free flow of knowledge, promoting free and pluralistic societies, and thus contributing to peace and human rights in support of the sciences, culture and sustainable development
  • Mr Silvio Rodriguez, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting a culture of peace through music
  • Ms Bibi Russell, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting traditional crafts in support of human dignity, development and the eradication of poverty
  • Mr Yazid Sabeg, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting cultural diversity and the digitalisation of knowledge;  establishing new partnerships
  • Mr Sarik Sapiyev, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Sport, promoting education and sport programmes in favour of young people in Kazakhstan
  • Mr Jordi Savall, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting intercultural dialogue
  • Mr Michaël Schumacher, UNESCO Champion for Sport, promoting sport among children and youth as means of directing them towards a better future
  • Ms Marta Sebestyen, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting intercultural dialogue , as well as mutual knowledge and understanding between peoples
  • Ms Hedva Ser, UNESCO Special Envoy for Cultural Diplomacy, promoting cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace through artwork
  • Mr Mintimer Shaimiev, UNESCO Special Envoy for Intercultural Dialogue, promoting values, attitudes and behaviours conducive to dialogue, non-violence and the rapprochement of cultures in the Republic of Tatarstan
  • Mr Naseer Shamma, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting the musical education of young in Iraq and beyond, and promoting the message of peace through his performances
  • H.H. Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, promoting various international projects to improve the quality and accessibility of worldwide education
  • Ms Jacqueline Silva, UNESCO Champion for Sport, promoting sports and social interaction among youngsters
  • Dr Hayat Sindi, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting the creation of an eco-system of entrepreneurship and social innovation for scientists, technologists and engineers in the Middle East and beyond
  • Ms Magaly Solier, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting and protecting, throughout her artistic career, the indigenous languages and indigenous music
  • Mr Theodosii Spassov, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting creative cultural expression as a tool for dialogue and development
  • Mr Vladimir Spivakov, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting artistic creativity and the arts
  • Mr Hristo Stoïchov, UNESCO Champion for Sport, promoting sport as a tool to advance social inclusion and tolerance, the physical education among disabled students, the fight of racism and violence in sport
  • H.R.H. Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace, promoting science as a power to bring the countries together and to contribute to positive changes of societies; fostering the development of scientific thinking in her native Jordan and beyond
  • Mr Oscar Washington Tabarez, UNESCO Champion for Sport, promoting education and sports programmes in favour of vulnerable children in Uruguay
  • The Earthsavers DREAMS Ensemble, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting UNESCO's message of peace, tolerance and hope through the performing arts
  • The Philippine Madrigal Singers, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting dialogue and understanding among people in South East Asia
  • Mr Boris Trajanov, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting human values and  dialogue between cultures and civilizations
  • Mr Salif Traore, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting UNESCO's programmes for comprehension between cultures, with special attention to the emergence of new and creative ideas for young people, with the aim of seeking solutions to global problems, and to ensure equitable access to the full diversity of cultural expressions
  • Mr Zurab Tsereteli, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting cultural and artistic projects
  • Ms Violeta Urmana, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting culture as a vehicle for dialogue and mutual understanding, and issues that are in line with UNESCO's Global Priority Africa
  • Mr Giancarlo Elia Valori, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting the safeguarding of Intangible Heritage
  • Ms Marianna Vardinoyannis, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting UNESCO's programmes for the protection of children; promoting the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity Masterpieces
  • Mr Sunny Varkey, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting an innovative public-private partnerships to ensure that underprivileged children across the world receive a good quality education
  • Ms Patricia Velásquez, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting the Wayuu Taya indigenous people and safeguarding  cultural heritage.
  • Venezuela Youth Symphonic Orchestra, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting art and intercultural dialogue
  • Ms Milu Villela, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, promoting voluntary action and basic education in Latin America
  • Mr Gérard Voisin, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting dialogue, cultural diversity and the memory of the fight against slavery through artwork
  • Mr Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, promoting peace and reconciliation between and within communities and fostering reconciliation and non-violence with a view to building peace
  • World Orchestra for Peace, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace through music
  • Ms Miyako Yoshida, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting awareness about the role of dance in the culture of peace
  • Mr Jun Zhang, UNESCO Artist for Peace, promoting intangible cultural heritage, especially that which is related to the Kunqu Opera

     

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