Artists for Peace
|Lady Owen-Jones has been an advocate of bringing help to children suffering from poverty, malnutrition, illnesses and acts of violence.
Lady Owen-Jones’s personal commitment to this ideal is also reflected in her espousal of a pressing humanitarian cause: the fight against HIV/AIDS, the greatest challenge to the well-being of our generation.
Since her designation as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS Prevention Education in 2004, she has gone on missions in the field, particularly in Africa, Lithuania and China where she met people afflicted with HIV/AIDS, as well as major officials and activists in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention. Her public advocacy efforts have resulted in an outpouring of sympathy and solidarity.
Furthermore, she has worked with UNESCO’s programme for the Education of Children in Need, in particular by supporting impoverished children at the Don Bosco centre in Argentina.
In her capacity as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Lady Owen-Jones initiated in the framework of World AIDS Day 2005, a round table on HIV/AIDS prevention programmes in the private sector. Following this initiative, a Partnership Agreement was signed between UNESCO and the Global Business Coalition in order to reinforce the mobilization against HIV/AIDS.
Additionally, she was engaged in a project in Cambodia for the education of young girls and the fight against AIDS.
Lately, Lady Owen-Jones undertook numerous actions in the private sector with the aim of promoting UNESCO’s programmes for the prevention of HIV/AIDS, resulting in various partnerships between UNESCO and the private sector: with L'Oréal for the ‘COIFFEURS contre le sida’ project; with the Virginio Bruni-Tedeschi Foundation within the framework of EDUSIDA and the organization of a round table on the occasion of World AIDS Day 2008 in UNESCO Headquarters.
Lady Owen-Jones also participated in various conferences in UNESCO, notably during the visit of former Director-General of ONUSIDA, Mr Peter Piot and in UNESCO’s videos for World AIDS Day. Additionally Lady Owen Jones supports associations, which fight discrimination against HIV/AIDS carriers.
Participation in UNESCO activities
UNESCO and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education
|Sixth Annual Meeting of UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors
From 15 to 16 March 2006, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris was the venue for an impressive gathering of the Organization’s Goodwill Ambassadors. The 2006 Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, convened by the Director-General, brought together a large number of these outstanding personalities, who come from the worlds of art, film, music, literature, charity and public affairs. More
|Lady Owen-Jones co-organizes two events in the framework of events of World AIDS Day
In the framework of events of World AIDS Day 2005, on 1 December, two events took place at UNESCO Headquarters which were organized with the support of Lady Owen-Jones, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, who was also present on these occasions: the presentation of the project Artists for Life (Designing Hope/UNESCO), and a round table on HIV/AIDS prevention programmes in the private sector. More
|2005 Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors
Education for All, Education for Sustainable Development and UNESCO’s response to natural disasters were the three themes on the agenda for the Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, which took place on March 3 and 4 2005 at Organization Headquarters. UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura opened the session, followed by a speech by Michael Abiola Omolewa, President of the General Conference. More
|A woman at war with AIDS
Cristina Owen-Jones, the wife of the Chairman of L’Oréal, has been named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the HIV/AIDS Prevention Education programme. More
|Mrs Cristina Owen-Jones joins the ranks of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors
UNESCO Director-General Mr Koïchiro Matsuura designated Mrs Cristina Owen-Jones as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in recognition of her personal commitment to the promotion of UNESCO’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Education programmes and of her dedication to UNESCO’s ideals and aims. The nomination ceremony took place at UNESCO Headquarters on 23 March 2004. More