21.12.2012 - ODG

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Forest Whitaker receives the United Nations Correspondents Association Award


New York, Dec. 19 – UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation, Forest Whitaker, was awarded the prestigious United Nations Correspondents Association, UNCA 2012 Global Advocate of the Year award for his work with young people affected by conflict in Africa. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova accepted the award on his behalf at the UNCA annual awards ceremony and gala in New York City, hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

The annual award goes to a United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors. Previous award-winners include actors Angelina Jolie, Miral Sorvino and Nicholas Cage.

“As Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO, Forest Whitaker is taking our message of peace, justice and equality to young women and men across the world, and especially those hit hardest, in conflict situations.  On his behalf, I am pleased and honored to accept this important recognition.”

Some 450 members of the United Nations community, including the international press corps, UN officials and diplomats participated in this year’s event, which also honors the work of journalists who cover the United Nations. 

An award winning artist, Forest Whitaker has devoted much of his time to extensive humanitarian work and projects in the field of conflict resolution, reflecting a deep commitment to promoting inclusion and justice as the basis for reconciliation and peace. In 2012, he co-founded of the International Institute for Peace at Rutgers University under the auspices of UNESCO and also the Los Angeles based Peace Earth Foundation.

UNCA is a professional organization of nearly 200 journalists from dozens of countries, representing scores of publications and broadcasters from all regions of the world, plus the major global news agencies.

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