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30.01.2017 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Hedva Ser designated Goodwill Ambassador and Special Envoy for Cultural Diplomacy

Ⓒ UNESCO / Mme Hedva Ser, Ambassadrice de bonne volonté et Envoyée spéciale pour la diplomatie culturelle et Mme Irina Bokova, Directrice générale de l'UNESCO - Siège de l'UNESCO, le 26 janvier 2017

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, designated the sculptor Hedva Ser as Goodwill Ambassador and Special Envoy for Cultural Diplomacy. This title was bestowed upon Ms Ser in recognition of her unerring commitment to cultural dialogue and social inclusion as a vehicle for a culture of peace and her dedication to the ideals of the Organization.

Hedva Ser has been UNESCO Artist for Peace since 18 October 2011. In this capacity, she launched in 2012 the "Art Camp" project in Andorra for which she is the sponsor. The main objective of this project is to create links between young artists and encourage them in their creative and artistic work. Meanwhile, she will also support the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression’s (CCD) as well as UNESCO's values ​​such as environmental protection and promotion of peace.

Over the years, Ms Ser's sculpture "The Tree of Peace" has become a powerful symbol that embodies the message of peace defended by UNESCO.

Ms Ser brings her support to the creation of a Youth Center in Malta and the implementation of her “Art Camp” project in Andorra and Malta. Moreover, she plans to organize the next edition of Art Camp at the European Parliament in Brussels and the inauguration of the Tolerance Garden "Destruction and Rebirth" on 2 July next in Krakow, Poland, on the occasion of the opening of the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee.

 She has been working on this project for two years in close cooperation with students of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Cracow. Several workshops have already been organized with Polish students to raise awareness on the history of the Shoah as well as on the destruction and revival of European Judaism. Ms Ser plans to continue her activities in Poland by working with Polish youth and organizing various workshops on the above-mentioned themes. She plans to continue her outreach work through the Tolerance Garden "Destruction and rebirth."

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