Patricia Velásquez

UNESCO / Patricia Velasquez, UNESCO Artist for Peace

Ms Patricia Velásquez, a renowned Venezuelan model and actress, was appointed UNESCO Artist for Peace in June 2003, in the context of the International Decade for the World’s Indigenous People. This title was bestowed upon her in recognition of her actions for the protection of the Wayúu Taya indigenous people in Latin America and for the safeguarding of their cultural heritage.

In conjuction with her modeling career, she has contributed through the Cover Girl Corporation to an educational programme aimed at promoting awareness of cultural heritage among teenage girls in the United States as well as the education of young latino women.

In 2002, she founded the Wayúu Taya Foundation, whose immediate goal is to improve the lives of Latin American indigenous communities while preserving and promoting their traditions, cultures and beliefs. Within this framework, she also opened a network of preschools for indigenous kids.

In her capacity as a UNESCO Artist for Peace, she contributed to the success of the 4th Annual Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, which took place in Doha in December 2011.

Patricia Velasquez will also be a UNESCO partner as an Artist for Peace during the 2019 International Year for Indigenous Languages.

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