Argentinian banker and industrialist Julio Werthein was the visionary and the instrumental driving force behind the creation of MERCOSUR. As a successful publisher, he had been a leading advocate of Latin American cultural and educational cooperation. As a leading patron of the arts, Julio Werthein had established a foundation for his activities in this field.
Designated Goodwill Ambassador in 1995, Julio Werthein had worked alongside UNESCO to raise awareness of cultural and artistic values and the necessity for their preservation.
As a highly active advocate for environmental protection, he had launched an educational campaign for the conservation of water resources, using his public status to enhance the campaign’s impact.
Through his prominent position in economic and political life, he had spread UNESCO’s message of peace, intercultural dialogue and environmental protection.
Julio Werthein passed away on 22 September 2013, at the age of 95.