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  • Claudia Cardinale
    Claudia Cardinale, the legendary Italian cinema actress, has lent her fame to the service of humanitarian causes for many years. North African by birth, Italian by nationality and French by upbringing, Claudia Cardinale symbolizes the struggle of Mediterranean women to affirm women’s rights.

    Since her designation in March 2000, her engagement with UNESCO as a Goodwill Ambassador was inspired by her concern to improve the status and living conditions of girls and women through education. Displaying solidarity and unswerving commitment towards helping disadvantaged women, Claudia Cardinale has become one of their most loyal supporters and spokespersons.

    She participated in the UNESCO Conference on Women in the Mediterranean in May 2001 at UNESCO Headquarters. In her speech she affirmed that "it is with passion and dedication that I will be attentive to the needs of women and fight relentlessly for their rights".

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    Claudia Cardinale and Professor Jean Malaurie honour inauguration of the General Conference’s Planet Earth exhibition
    Planet-Earth-exhibition_tn.jpgOn 16 October 2007, the UNESCO Director-General, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, inaugurated the exhibition entitled “Planet Earth: from Space to Place” in the presence of HM Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors Mrs Claudia Cardinale, the Italian actress, and Professor Jean Malaurie, the French ethnologist and historian. 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

    Claudia Cardinale participates in ETF Conference “Skills for Progress” and the International Scientific Conference on Desertification and Drylands Research
    Claudia-Cardinale-ETF_tn.jpgMrs Claudia Cardinale, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, spoke about women’s rights at the European Training Foundation (ETF) Advisory Forum plenary meeting “Skills for Progress”, on 7 June 2006 in Turin, Italy. More

    Sixth Annual Meeting of UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors
    AM2006-tn70.jpgFrom 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

    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

    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

  • UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors H.R.H. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg and Mrs Claudia Cardinale attend the awarding ceremony for UNESCO’s Felini Silver Medal
    fellini medal_tn.jpgAfghan film director Siddiq Barmak is the recipient of this year’s UNESCO’s Fellini Silver Medal. The Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura conferred the award during the preview screening of his first feature film « Osama ».


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    Mrs Claudia Cardinale during the Annual Meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors on 6 July 2000 at UNESCO Headquarters

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    Mrs Claudia Cardinale and Mr Pierre Cardin, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors

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    Mr Pierre Cardin, Mrs Claudia Cardinale and Mr Ömer Zülfü Livaneli, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors

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    Mr Koïchiro Matsuura and Mrs Claudia Cardinale during the Annual Meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors in July 2000 at UNESCO Headquarters

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    Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mrs Basma Irsheid, Chief of Programme of UNESCO Celebrity Advocates, Mrs Claudia Cardinale and Mr Jean Michel Jarre during the nomination ceremony in March 2000 at UNESCO Headquarters

    IMG_2419.-tn.jpgAnnual Meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors 2006

    Annual-2-tumb.jpg2004 Annual Meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors
    UNESCO Director-General Mr Koïchiro Matsuura and Mrs Claudia Cardinale, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, during the Annual Meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors, 26-27 February 2004

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