09.12.2011 -

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Mr. Herbie Hancock, Visits Cambodia from 9 to 16 December 2011

@UNESCO/Chanthul Suos - UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Herbie Hancock, visited bird sanctuary in Prek Toal village, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia

Phnom Penh, 09 December 2011 - The Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO, Mr. Herbie Hancock, will undertake a visit to Cambodia from 9 to 16 December 2011. Mr. Hancock, a driving force of important movements in music since the 1960s, is a renowned jazz musician and the winner of an Academy Award and 14 Grammy Awards.

He has been officially designated as ambassador at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 22 July 2011. Goodwill Ambassadors are celebrities who contribute to UNESCO’s work in the fields of education, culture, science and communication and information through disseminating the agency’s core values and aims.  

UNESCO Director-General, Ms. Irina Bokova has expressed her hopes that Mr. Hancock will “contribute to UNESCO’s efforts to promote mutual understanding among cultures, with a particular emphasis on fostering the emergence of new and creative ideas amongst youth, find solutions to global problems, as well as ensure equal access to the diversity of artistic expressions.” His status as a musical icon around the world will allow him to promote the ideals of peace and intercultural dialogue by bringing people together through music, arts and culture.

During his short visit, Mr. Hancock will hold several meetings with key members of the Royal Government of Cambodia and attend the 18th Plenary Session of the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding of Angkor in Siem Reap. He will also visit Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Biosphere Reserve at Prek Toal (Tonle Sap). On Wednesday 14 December, Mr. Hancock will have a royal audience with His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni at the Royal Palace.

There are about 45 UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors who volunteer to take on this important role. Past ambassadors included Nobel Peace Prize laureates Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Rigoberta Menchú of Guatemala.

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