Mehriban ALIYEVA

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Oral and Musical Traditions

The First Lady of Azerbaijan Ms Mehriban Aliyeva was designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in September 2004, in light of her actions to promote traditional music, literature and poetry, her role in the promotion of musical education and international cultural exchanges. As President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, she champions the preservation and promotion the cultural traditions of Azerbaijan. 
Ms Aliyeva created the Mugham International Center in Baku to promote this traditional Azerbaijani musical form, inscribed in 2008 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 

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