Mehriban Aliyeva

Mehriban Aliyeva,

Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva, the first lady of the Republic of Azerbaijan and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

The First Lady of Azerbaijan Ms Mehriban Aliyeva was designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in September 2004, in recognition of her actions to promote traditional music, literature and poetry, her role in the promotion of musical education and international cultural exchanges.

As President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, she champions the preservation and promotion the cultural traditions of Azerbaijan. Ms Aliyeva created the Mugham International Center in Baku to promote this traditional Azerbaijani musical form, inscribed in 2008 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

In her capacity as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Ms Aliyeva initiated the project "New schools for new Azerbaijan". In the framework of this project, 132 schools were constructed and fully equipped in several regions of Azerbaijan. Regarding her  activities with the UNESCO in the field of Education for All, Ms Aliyeva financed the construction of a secondary school for girls in the city of Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, to provide aid for the victims of the devastating earthquake that affected Pakistan in October 2005.

In June 2006, she delivered a speech during the opening session of the First General Assembly of States Parties held at UNESCO Headquarters. This event was organized on the occasion of the ratificiation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, adopted by the 32nd session of the General Conference on October 2003.

In addition, she hosted numerous events in partnership with UNESCO such as the Regional Conference in Support of Global Literacy and the 4th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue held in May 2017 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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