Oskar Metsavaht

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Mr. Oskar Metsavaht, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

Oskar Metsavaht, a Brazilian fashion designer and founder of the company Osklen, was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in May 2011. He received this title in recognition of his work to support UNESCO’s actions in favor of a culture of peace, social inclusion and sustainable development, focusing on youth as a priority.

As an environmental advocate, he launched the ‘e-brigade’ in 2002, an educational group of environmental activists and created an accompanying line of clothing made of recycled materials.

In 2011, he created the “E Institute” (Instituto-e), a non-profit organization located in Rio de Janeiro, dedicated to the promotion of sustainable human development.

As Vice-President of the Association of Businessmen and Entrepreneurs Friends of UNESCO, Mr Metsavaht promotes UNESCO’s values to the Brazilian population by large and the business community notably in the fields of sustainable development and climate change.

In addition, he contributed to the success of the International Year for People of African Descent through his collection “Royal Black” in 2011, aiming to promote a greater knowledge of, and respect for, the diverse heritage and culture of people of African descent.

In his capacity as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Mr Oskar Metsavaht designed the special t-shirts on the occasion of the celebration of UNESCO’s 70th anniversary.

In June 2017, Oskar Metsavaht addressed the first Ocean Conference entitled “Ocean in the 2030 Agenda: UN-Oceans harbouring SDG 14” at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Representing Brazil and the countries of the South Atlantic, Oskar Metsavaht opened the discussion on the creation of the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary (SAWS), a whale sanctuary in the region that includes Brazil, Argentina, Gabon, Uruguay, and South Africa.

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