UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors to Attend Annual Meeting in Paris

26.06.2013 - UNESCOPRESS

UNESCO’s Annual Goodwill Ambassador Meeting will be held on 26 and 27 June at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The meeting brings together Goodwill Ambassadors from every corner of the globe to discuss the Organisation’s priority programmes and initiatives, in particular education of girls and women, culture and development, as well as key issues concerning the ocean.


During the two-day meeting, representatives from the Programme Sectors of the Organization will be providing the Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors with more information on these areas, to obtain their views, feedback and advice on how better to promote, raise awareness and increase visibility on these global goals.

On the evening of June 26 there will also be an event to recognise the work of Bibi Russell, who was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 1999 for her work in promoting and protecting the traditional artisanal crafts of her Bangladeshi homeland. Director General Irina Bokova will be speaking at the event about Ms Russell’s tireless work to alleviate poverty through culture and creativity, a vision that UNESCO shares.

The UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are a group of eminent personalities who are chosen to represent the values and mission of UNESCO as an Organisation. They work to promote these values through their careers and humanitarian activities, and use their visibility to bring attention to the Organisation’s work. The Ambassadors come from all walks of life, from artists and actors to politicians and businesspeople, and make an invaluable contribution towards the objectives and aims in UNESCO's four fields of competence – education, culture, science and communication/information.

The Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors expected to attend the two-day meeting are: Amri Aminov (Tajikistan), Metin Arditi (Switzerland), Pierre Bergé (France), Chantal Biya (Cameroon), Chico Bouchikhi (France), Esther Coopersmith (United States of America), Manu Dibango (Cameroon), Miguel Angel Estrella (Argentina), Vigdís Finnbogadottir (Iceland), Princess Firyal of Jordan (Jordan), Cecile Guidote-Alvarez (Philippines), Alain Husson-Dumoutier (France), Vitaly Ignatenko (Russian Federation), Jean Michel Jarre (France), Michaëlle Jean (Canada), Sumi Jo (South Korea), Dani Karavan (Israel), Charles Kaye (United Kingdom), Nasser David Khalili (United Kingdom), Setsuko Klossowska De Rola (Japan), Rabah Madjer (Algeria), Jean Malaurie (France), Kitin Muñoz (Spain), Mariana Nicolesco (Romania), Ali Mahdi Nouri (Sudan), Alexandra Ochirova (Russian Federation), Ute-Henriette Ohoven (Germany), Danilo Perez (Panama), Samuel Pisar (United States of America), Bibi Russell (Bangladesh), Sen Genshitsu (Japan), Hedva Ser (France), Boris Trajanov (The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Salif Traore - A’Salfo (Ivory Coast), Zurab Tsereteli (Russian Federation), Marianna Vardinoyannis (Greece), Sunny Varkey (India), Gérard Voisin (France) and Zhang Jun (China).

Romanian soprano Mariana Nicolesco, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador: ‘Nothing can bring people closer than singing’

Romania’s well known soprano Mariana Nicolesco (in picture), laureate of the UNESCO Medal for Artistic Accomplishments and UNESCO Artist for Peace “in recognition of her commitment to musical heritage, artistic creation, dialogue between cultures, and of her contribution to promoting the ideals of the Organization”, attended the recent UNESCO meeting in Paris, as Goodwill Ambassador of the organization.

The Romanian soprano held a speech during the UNESCO meeting, in which she concluded that “nothing can bring people closer than singing.”

“No book will ever teach us to sing. The direct transmission, from master to pupil, of this art’s laws and eternal values will always be an assurance that they will not get lost in any way. It would be tragic if it got lost, as the voice and the singing are our primary connection with the Creator and our mean of communion. Because, indeed, nothing can bring people closer than singing,” said Mariana Nicolesco.

The Romanian soprano was born in 1948 in a small village in Giurgiu County, in Southern Romania. She studied violin at the Music High School in Brasov and canto at the Music Conservatory in Cluj.

She performed in famous operas houses at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (Luchino Visconti’s invitation), Metropolitan Opera in New York, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona or the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich as well as in prestigious concert halls like Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Festival Hall in London, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, Salle Pleyel in Paris and the Great Conservatory Hall in Moscow.

Mariana Nicolesco created the Romanian National Festival and Song Competition, celebrating the International George Enescu Year (2005) proclaimed by UNESCO with the world premiere of the great composer’s complete songs in Japan at the World Exhibition in Aichi, then in Tokyo and Nagoya , as well as in Prague, Rome, Paris and New York.. She initiated the Hariclea Darclee International Voice Competition and Festival at Braila, offering young artists the opportunity to attend Master Classes.

Mariana Nicolesco

Mariana Nicolesco & Irina Bokova
Mariana Nicolesco & Jean Michel Jarre

Source: unesco.org

We previously wrote about the Romanian artist here: A family of famous Romanians – Radu Varia and Mariana Nicolesco.


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