Jean Michel Jarre

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The French artist, composer, performer and pioneer of electronic music Jean-Michel Jarre was named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1993 in recognition of his commitment to the promotion of cultural heritage and the value of tolerance, especially among the youth.

Well renowned for his impact on electronic music in France and abroad, Jean-Michel Jarre is also one of the first artists to give concerts to millions of spectators using lasers and pyrotechnics. He always uses this extraordinary platform to promote cultural pluralism and tolerance.

Since his nomination, he worked closely with UNESCO on many occasions, such as for a concert for tolerance given at the Eiffel Tower and celebrating the 50th anniversary of UNESCO, or his Concert of the Millennium in front of the Giza pyramids in Egypt. He also performed at multiple concerts held in Athens in collaboration with Goodwill Ambassador Marianna Vardinoyannis in favor of children with cancer.

More recently, he gave a mega-concert in April 2017 on the Ancient Site of Massada in Israel - registered on the UNESCO world heritage list - to celebrate the Dead Sea and encourage awareness around the issue of its drying up.

With UNESCO, Jean-Michel Jarre often intervenes about Artificial Intelligence matters. Thus, within the framework of the 2019 Mobile Learning Week entitled “Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Development”, he moderated the last panel discussion, "Setting the foundation for a humanistic approach to AI: A way forward”, of the day conferences, which opened the Week.

 

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