Orchestra H2O Sounds of Earth named UNESCO Artist for Peace

Paris (France) – Orchestra H2O Sounds of Earth will be designated UNESCO Artist for Peace during a ceremony that will take place at UNESCO Headquarters on 6 December (6:30 pm). The designation ceremony will be followed by a concert.

Orchestra H2O Sounds of Earth is named in recognition of its commitment to the equitable and sustainable management of water resources and its dedication to the aims and ideals of the Organization. 

Created in 2002 by the Paraguayan maestro Luis Szarán, Orchestra H2O Sounds of Earth originated from a project of the Association Tierranuestra aiming at promoting “education through art”. This orchestra already enabled more than 18,000 children and young people from Paraguay to access music education.

Orchestra H2O Sounds of Earth uses musical instruments made of recycled materials such as bottles, tins or pipes and funnels. Through this recycling the orchestra demostrates that water is a resource that must be managed in an equitable manner.

The musical ensemble, with its 50 orchestras composed of 2,200 children and 300 adults coming from 44 communities, travels across Paraguay and organizes during its tours awareness campaigns on proper water management and the need to preserve the environment.

UNESCO Artists for Peace are internationally-renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote UNESCO’s message and programmes. UNESCO works with these distinguished personalities in order to heighten public awareness regarding key development issues and to inform the public about the Organization's action is in these fields.


Journalists who wish to cover the ceremony should seek accreditation.

Contact: Djibril Kebe,, +33 (0) 1 45 68 17 41.