Patrick Baudry

Mr Patrick Baudry, a former NASA French astronaut, was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in September 1999, in recognition of his personal commitment, as a skydiver, to the service of youth education and the culture of peace.

Patrick Baudry contributed to the promotion of the "Woodcrafting knowledge of the Zafimaniry" in Madagascar, inscribed on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008. The Zafimaniry community, representing approximately 25 000 people, is the last repository of this unique mastery of forestry and wood carving. Practically all the wooden surfaces of the villages, from utensils to houses, are decorated with elaborate motifs expressing the beliefs and values of the community.

In his capacity as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, he chaired the panel "ICT and Literacy" at UNESCO Regional Conference "Literacy Challenges in the Arab States Region: Building Partnerships and Promoting Innovative Approaches", which took place in Doha in March 2007.

In addition, Mr Baudry participated at the opening ceremony of the Qatar Science & Technology Park in March 2009. This ceremony was held under the High Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar from 1995 to 2013.

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