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    HRH the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg donates to a UNESCO project to empower girls and participates in the regional meeting of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network
    As Honorary President of the “Fondation du Grand-Duc Henri et de la Grande-Duchesse Maria Teresa”, Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg donated € 70,000 to a UNESCO education project benefiting about 4,500 adolescent girls in Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Pakistan. More

    HRH the Princess of Hanover contributes for the second year to a UNESCO project in Burkina Faso to strengthen women’s capacities
    Her Royal Highness the Princess of Hanover, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, has made, in her second year of support, an additional contribution of € 70,000 to the UNESCO project Strengthening Women’s Capacities to Promote Education for Children in Rural Areas in Burkina Faso. More

    UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs Marianna Vardinoyannis co-sponsores the conference “Athens Round Table of Business Community against Trafficking of Human Beings”
    UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs Marianna Vardinoyannis co-sponsored the conference, “Athens Round Table of Business Community against Trafficking of Human Beings”, which was organized by The Suzanne Mubarak Women’s International Peace Movement and the Global Coalition Women Defending Peace, on 23 January 2006 in Athens, Greece. More

    Contributions in 2005 to UNESCO projects by AGFUND, presided by HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz, UNESCO Special Envoy for Water
    In 2005, the Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations (AGFUND)donated US$ 465,000 in order to co-finance the following three UNESCO projects: Early Childhood Development in Yemen; Improving Quality Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools through Diagnostic Teaching Methodologies in Tanzania; and Building National Capacity in Early Childhood Care and Education in Syria through the Set up of National ECCE Resource and Training Centre. 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

    Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn addresses the fifth meeting of the High-Level Group on Education for All (EFA)
    Princess-Maha-Chakri_tn.jpgThe fifth meeting of the High-Level Group on Education for All (EFA), convened by the Director-General, Koichiro Matsuura, and organized by UNESCO in cooperation with the Government of the People's Republic of China, has been held in Beijing on 28-30 November 2005. The special theme of the meeting was literacy, with a particular focus on education for rural people. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand delivered an inauguration speech. More

    Soprano Mariana Nicolesco nominated UNESCO Artist for Peace
    Nomination.jpgRomanian soprano Mariana Nicolesco received the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace from Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. The nomination ceremony took place on 21 Novembeber at UNESCO Headquarters after a meeting between the Romanian President Traian Basescu and UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. More

    Goodwill Ambassadors join in the celebrations of UNESCO’s 60th Anniversary
    60th_tn.jpgOn 16 November 2005, UNESCO celebrated its 60th anniversary with a special ceremony at its Headquarters in Paris. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva, First Lady of Azerbaijan, Ms Claudia Cardinale, Mrs Ute-Henriette Ohoven, Mrs Marianna Vardinoyannis, Mr Madanjeet Singh and UNESCO Artist for Peace Ms Marisa Berenson paid tribute to UNESCO by participating in the ceremony. More

    Just Published: The UNESCO-AGFUND Cooperation – A joint force serving human development
    UNESCO-AGFUND-Cooperation-cover_tn.jpgThe Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations, AGFUND, has worked together with UNESCO since its establishment in 1980. Over the last 25 years of their cooperation, the continuous financial contributions by AGFUND have been crucial for the realization of projects and they became a steady and solid pillar in planning and implementing UNESCO’s activities throughout the world. More

    HH Sheikha Mozah announced the creation of the Fund for Asia to support the six goals of Education for All
    On 20 October 2005, UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, announced in a letter to the Director-General of UNESCO, the launching of the Fund for Asia, which will be established to promote global responsibility for quality basic education for children, youth and adults in Asia and the Middle East. More

    UNESCO Celebrity Advocates congratulate the Director-General on his re-election
    DG-investure-2-tn.jpgOn 21 October 2005, at the closing session of the 33rd UNESCO General Conference, UNESCO’s Celebrity Advocates gathered together to welcome the second term of mandate of Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, who has served as UNESCO Director- General since 1999. More

    Her Excellency Mrs Vigdís Finnbogadóttir serves for the second time as a jury member for the Mondialogo School Contest 2005/2006 and participates in a panel debate on Education for Sustainable Development
    Her Excellency Mrs Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former President of Iceland and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the protection of minority languages, participated in a round table discussion on the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development, which was organized by the Swedish and German National Commissions for UNESCO in cooperation with the Education Sector on 6 October 2005 on the occasion of the 33rd General Conference of UNESCO. More

    Inauguration of the ‘Education for All’exhibition - HRH Princess Firyal donates US$ 100,000 to the Education for All initiative
    EFA-Exibition2_tn.jpgIn the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Talal Bin Mohammed of Jordan and Ms Margaret Spellings, US Secretary of Education, the Education for All exhibition at the 33rd session of the General Conference was opened by the Director-General of UNESCO on 5 October 2005. On this occasion, he also launched the Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE). More

    Mehriban Aliyeva welcomes the UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in Azerbaijan
    Azerbaijan_web_tn.jpgFrom 23 to 26 August 2005, Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura paid his second official visit to Azerbaijan at the invitation of President Ilham Aliyev and the First Lady, Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Oral and Musical Traditions. More

    Milú Villela visits UNESCO Headquarters
    On 15 July, Mrs Milú Villela, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Voluntary Action and Basic Education in Latin America, visited UNESCO Headquarters. More

    Nelson Mandela joined the ranks of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors
    Nelson-Mandela_tn.jpgNelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, was designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador by Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, in a ceremony held on 12 July 2005 at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mr Mandela was awarded the title “in recognition of his outstanding leadership in the fight against apartheid and racial discrimination, in his country and worldwide; for his dedication to reconciliation between different communities; his unfailing commitment to democracy, equality and learning; his support for all the oppressed of the Earth; and his exemplary contribution to international peace and understanding.” More

    Sculptor Gérard Voisin chosen UNESCO Artist for Peace
    Gérard-Voisin_tn.jpgFrench sculptor and poet Gérard Voisin received the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace from Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura on 7 July 2005 during a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters. Mr Voisin was being honoured “in recognition of his artistic career, which reflects cultural diversity, dialogue and tolerance between people, in memory of the fight against slavery.” More

    H.R.H. Princess Firyal meets with the Assistant Director-General of the Education Sector
    PrincessFiryal&PeterSmith_t.jpgHer Royal Highness Princess Firyal, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, met with Mr Peter Smith, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO’s Education Sector, for a work meeting on UNESCO’s Education For All initiative and Princess Firyal’s activities for this core programme of UNESCO. The meeting took place on 6 July 2005 at UNESCO Headquarters. More

    Lily Marinho pays a visit to UNESCO Headquarters
    Marinho_DG_web_tn.jpgThe Director General of UNESCO Mr Koïchiro Matsuura welcomed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Lily Marinho on 14 June 2005 at UNESCO Headquarters during her visit to France. More

    Marcel Khalifé named UNESCO Artist for Peace
    DG+Khalife_tn.jpgMarcel Khalifé, the Lebanese musician and writer, was named UNESCO Artist for Peace on June 7 by UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, at a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters. Born in 1950 in Amchit, Mount Lebanon, Mr Khalife first studied, then taught, the oud, or Arabic lute, at the Beirut National Conservatory. He began his career as a soloist and went on, in 1972, to create a group in his home village, to preserve the Arabic musical heritage with the oud. More

    Prince Twins Seven-Seven Named UNESCO Artist for Peace
    PrinceTwins_Cerem_web_tn.jpgPrince Twins Seven-Seven, the Nigerian artist, was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in a ceremony at Organization Headquarters on May 25 2005 in the presence of Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Nigeria and Chairman of the African Union. The ceremony took place on Africa Day. More

    Orchestra for Peace Tour in Jordan, encounters of Petra and the Dead Sea
    estrella-tn.jpgMessage by Miguel Angel Estrella about his journey in Jordan (only available in French). More

    His Excellency Valdas Adamkus gives a speech at the World Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Capacity-Building
    dgict_tn.jpgOn 11 May 2005, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, opened the “World Conference on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Capacity-Building: Critical Success Factors” at UNESCO Headquarters in the presence of His Excellency Mr Valdas Adamkus, President of the Republic of Lithuania and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Construction of Knowledge Societies, Mr Janis Karklins, President of the Preparatory Committee of the World Summit on the Information Society, and Mr Raoul Weiler, President of the Brussels/European Union Chapter of the Club of Rome. More

    Ara Abramian and Zurab Tsereteli participate in the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the End of World War II
    Abramian_Tsereteli-tn.jpgOn 9 May 2005, the Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, alongside some 50 Heads of State and Government and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, participated in Moscow in the 6Oth anniversary celebrations of the Allies’ victory over Nazi Germany. More

    Mrs Laura Bush Pays Tribute to UNESCO's Education for All Week
    Mrs. Laura Bush today paid tribute to a national commemoration of "Education For All Week," which began this week, the annual celebration of UNESCO's initiative to make quality education and literacy universal. The celebration is a joint-effort of the U.S. Departments of State and Education. More

    Jean Michel Jarre in concert at the Hans Christian Andersen commemoration gala
    Jarre-HCA-concert2_tn.jpgUNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Jean Michel Jarre performed at the “Once Upon A Time” concert in Copenhagen, Denmark on 2 April 2005. The event kicked off celebrations to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen. More

    H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
    HRHPMHS+DG_tn.jpgUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura designated H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Empowerment of Minority Children through Education and through the Preservation of their Intangible Cultural Heritage at a ceremony held in Bangkok on March 24. Her Royal Highness was nominated in recognition of her “outstanding commitment to education and to the welfare of children in remote areas.” More

    2005 Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors
    AM-2005-group-web550-thumb.jpgEducation 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

    UNESCO Director-General Mr Koïchiro Matsuura meets Mrs Laura Bush during his visit to Washingtion, DC
    From 27 February to 1 March, Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura met with United States government officials and non-governmental partners during his visit to Washington, DC, to open a Georgetown University conference on UNESCO and Education for All. More

    Nomination of Boris Trajanov as UNESCO Artist for Peace
    trajanov_nom-thumb.jpgKoïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, named Macedonian opera singer Boris Trajanov UNESCO Artist for Peace on February 24 2005 during a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters. Mr Trajanov then gave a recital, which was followed by a performance of folk dancing by the group Tanec. Boris Trajanov received the honour in recognition of his commitment to “defending humanist values and promoting dialogue among cultures and civilizations.” More

    H.R.H. Princess Firyal meets with UNESCO’s Education Sector
    firyal_tn.jpgDuring her visit to Paris, H.R.H. Princess Firyal met with high-ranking representatives of UNESCO’s Education Sector on 16 February 2005. This visit was conceived as a follow-up to the previous meeting between Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO Director-General, and H.R.H. Princess Firyal on 14 September 2004, when she undertook the task to promote UNESCO’s Education for All Programme (EFA). More


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