19.02.2010 - UNESCOPRESS

Yazid Sabeg named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

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French businessman Yazid Sabeg was designated as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador by the Director-General, Irina Bokova, at a ceremony on 16 February at Organization Headquarters.

The nomination recognizes Mr Sabeg’s efforts to promote equality, young people and cultural diversity, and his support of the digitization of knowledge.


            Born in 1950, Mr Sabeg, who holds a doctorate in economic sciences, was an advisor in charge of industrial restructuring in the cabinet of French Prime Minister Raymond Barre, his economics professor at university. In 1990, he became head of the Compagnie des signaux, later renamed Communications et systèmes (CS). The company employs nearly 4,000 people and is specialized in the integration of information and communication systems for the telecommunications, transportation and defence sectors.


            Mr Sabeg has published several works focused on the fight against discrimination based on ethnic origin. He is also the author of “Manifeste pour l’égalité réelle” (Manifesto for genuine equality) released in November 2008.


            The UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are celebrity advocates who use their talent and fame to spread the ideals of UNESCO by attracting the public’s attention to its activities.

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