22.06.2010 - UNESCOPRESS

Michaëlle Jean designated UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today designated Michaëlle Jean, Governor-General of Canada, as UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti.

Michaëlle Jean will take up her new functions when her term ends as Governor-General.  

A former journalist and strong advocate for human rights, Michaëlle Jean has proven throughout her career an unwavering commitment to dialogue and solidarity between communities, equality between men and women, press freedom and the role of education in economic development and democracy.  

“I am delighted,” said Irina Bokova, “that Michaëlle Jean’s wealth of experience, dynamism and dedication will contribute to achieving UNESCO’s goals, especially in Haiti, the country of her birth and where the Organization is working with national authorities on education, culture, science and media projects – all of which will serve as pillars for the country’s reconstruction.”  

Michaëlle Jean has already developed a strong connection with UNESCO. In October 2009 she addressed the Organization’s Executive Board, stressing the importance of dialogue between cultures. In March this year, the Governor-General travelled with the Director-General to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Jacmel in southern Haiti which was severely damaged in the 12 January earthquake.               




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