Esther Coopersmith

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Esther Coopersmith was designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in September 2009, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to strengthening mutual understanding between peoples and her unfailing commitment to fostering intercultural dialogue.

Very dedicated to the United Nations’ values, Esther Coopersmith was US representative to the United Nations (1979 – 1980), U.S. Delegate to the World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women in Nairobi (Kenya) in 1985, advisor to the State Department for the UN Status of Women Commission (1981 – 1993) and US Observer to UNESCO (1999 – 2000).

In 1984, she became the second woman to receive the United Nations Peace Prize, a reward for her unerring efforts to foster dialogue and understanding between different cultures and faiths, especially in the Middle East.

In her capacity as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, she participated in the first meeting of the High-Level Panel on Peace and Dialogue among Cultures at UNESCO Headquarters in 2010.

In addition, she attended the international launch of the 2011 Education for All Global Monitoring Report “The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education”, held at Columbia University, New York.

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