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  • Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
    Her Excellency Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1998. She is a beloved public figure in Iceland and the first woman in Europe, and only the second woman in the world, to be elected Head of State.

    She has actively participated in the UNESCO Panel on Information and Communication and she presides over UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology. H.E. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir works to bring countries together in all domains, especially concerning women’s rights, ecology and education, and has always made every effort to spread these values among the young. She is an ardent supporter of multilingual education and linguistic diversity and regularly takes part in international conferences concerning these issues.

    Since 2003 H.E. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is a member of the international jury of the Mondialogo School Contest. Mondialogo is an initiative that promotes intercultural dialogue and exchange among young people from all around the world.

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    Her Excellency Ms Vigdís Finnbogadóttir attends thematic debate on the protection of indigenous and endangered languages.
    Prix Houphouet Boigny 2008 small 2.JPGThe former President of Iceland and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Languages, Her Excellency Ms Vigdís Finnbogadóttir attended on the 7th October 2008 a debate entitled ‘Protecting Indigenous and Endangered Languages, and the Role of Languages in Promoting Education for All in the Context of Sustainable Development’, held at UNESCO Headquarters on the margins of the 180th session of the Executive Board. More

    Mehriban Aliyeva hosts the UNESCO Regional Literacy Conference - HRH Princess Firyal and HE Mrs Vigdís Finnbogadóttir chair panels
    BAKU_tn.jpgMrs Mehriban Aliyeva, First Lady of Azerbaijan, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, hosted the fifth in the series of the UNESCO Regional Conferences in Support of Global Literacy from 14 to 16 May 2008 in Baku, Azerbaijan. More

    Vigdís Finnbogadóttir and Wole Soyinka participate in the Experts' Meeting on Cultural Diversity and Education in Barcelona
    UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors HE Mrs Vigdís Finnbogadóttir and Mr Wole Soyinka participated in the International meeting of experts on "Cultural Diversity and Education", held from 14 to 16 January 2008 in Barcelona, Spain. The event was organized by UNESCO, in particular the UNESCO Chair in Languages and Education, the Institute of Catalan Studies, Barcelona, and the UNESCO Centre of Catalunya. More

    On the occasion of the 7th Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan visits the Organization’s Headquarters
    AM_GWA_2007_tn.jpgOn 3 April 2007, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, the Director-General of UNESCO, opened the 7th Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors at the Organization’s Headquarters. A unique highlight of this year’s meeting was the visit of Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan to UNESCO. More

    HE Vigdís Finnbogadóttir addresses the first International Mother Language Day celebration
    Finnbogadottir-2006-tn.jpgInternational Mother Language Day, proclaimed by UNESCO’s General Conference in November 1999, was celebrated for the first time with a special ceremony on 21 February 2006 at UNESCO Headquarters. 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

    Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors at UNESCO Headquarters, 26-27 February 2004
    tumb-group-small.jpgUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura received the Goodwill Ambassadors at UNESCO Headquarters on 26 and 27 February 2004 for their the annual meeting.
  • Photo Gallery: 2004 Annual Meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors More

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    Finnbogadottir-1-200.jpgVigdis Finnbogadottir
    Mrs Vigdis Finnbogadottir and Mr Cheick Modibo Diarra during the Annual meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors on July 2000

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