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Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors amplify UNESCO's Mission

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Mr Zhang Jun, Artist for Peace

UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors possess widely recognized talent and accomplishments in the arts, sciences, literature, entertainment, sport as well as other fields of public life. They are personalities of integrity who demonstrate a strong desire to help mobilize public interest in, and support for, the purposes and principles of UNESCO, and who demonstrate the commitment and proven potential to reach out to significant audiences, including decision makers.

  • Special Envoys support and raise awareness of UNESCO's activities. See the list.   
  • The Honorary Ambassador for the Decade of Literacy promotes
    education worldwide, especially for women and children. See the list.
  • Goodwill Ambassadors spread the ideals of UNESCO through their name and fame. See the list.
  • Artists for Peace come from the world of arts, music, poetry and literature. See the list.
  • Champions for Sport are truly outstanding sport personalities. See the list.

See also a list of UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors in alphabetical order as well as a brief description of their mission.


The list below is regularly updated and includes all Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors officially appointed by the UNESCO Director-General and for whom an official designation ceremony was held. Any other person who does not appear in this list cannot claim the title of UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassador. For any additional verification, please contact us on the following address: goodwill(at)unesco.org 

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