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Congratulations to our Goodwill Ambassador and Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, Forest Whitaker, as he is set to receive the honorary Palme D’Or in Cannes this year for his cinematographic and humanitarian lifework.

We stand by his words: preparing a world where everyone has dignity and power to make the world a better, more beautiful place!

The Global Gate, the world's largest mobile artwork travels around the world, from Frankfurt airport to Dubai, to support the #Art4GlobalGoals awareness campaign initiated by our UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and president of the YOU Foundation, Dr. h.c. Ute-Henriette Ohoven.
 
Standing over 20 meters tall, the Global Gate is in the image of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and is made of 37 former shipping containers. It highlights the 17 SDGs which have been interpreted by the young German artist, Leon Löwentraut. On each of the 10 walls, the content of the SDGs is explained in 12 different languages and thus made understandable for all citizens of the world.
A photo campaign called "My future" has been included.  It features impressive portraits of children's faces from around the world, which visitors can look at in the arcades and which accompany them as they pass through the portal.
Built on the Burj Plaza, close to Dubai EXPO 2020, the Global Gate makes an important contribution to the promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals and the associated efforts of participating governments, the private sector and civil societies.

"I was honored to participate in the opening of the Africa Week at UNESCO during a talk organized by Ms. Nuria Sanz where I was able to talk about my participation in the catalog of the collection of African artists of UNESCO.
I would like to thank the Director-General Mrs. Audrey Azoulay, the Director of External Relations of UNESCO Mr. Edouard Firmin Matoko, the Director of the Africa Week, Mrs. Rachel Ogoula, Ambassador of Gabon, and Mr. Lazar Eloundou."

Hedva Ser, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Cultural Diplomacy

 

On August 1 last, Eijin Nimura was invited as UNESCO Artist for Peace to the official memorial ceremony for the victims of terrorism during the 1972 Munich Olympics, and dedicated a 15-minute condolence performance for the 11 Israeli athletes and their families. This official memorial ceremony, hosted by the Embassy of Israel in Japan and the Olympic Committee of Israel, was attended by the bereaved families of the victims, Tokyo Governor Ms. Koike, IOC President Dr. Bach, President of the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Ms. Hashimoto, and Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Kokuba etc. The ceremony was not only a memorial to the victims, but also appealed for "solidarity of the world against terrorism”. 

With an emblematic event, tribute to the work and legacy of Nelson Mandela, which took place at the Zappeion Megaron, in Athens, Greece, on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, the "Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation" honored the International Nelson Mandela Day (July 18).

At the initiative of the UN-awarded with the “Nelson Mandela Prize 2020-2025”, Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, and in the presence of the CEO of the "Nelson Mandela Foundation" Mr. Sello Hatang, heads of International Organizations and important international personalities participated in the Tribute Event  entitled "Human Rights and Education: The vision for a better future", paying tribute to the fighter - a symbol of human rights. Video here

Interview with Nadia Nadim on RTL, May 31, 2021.

Designated UNESCO Champion for Girls' and Women's Education in 2019, she spoke about her role with the Organization:

"For me, education is important. If you want to change something in the world, it is with education. That's the reason (for her involvement with UNESCO). They are doing a fantastic job. There are many children who can't study or go to school. I hope this will change because if you want to change something, it will be with school."

Bibi Russell and the colorful trip across the world of unique creations by her artisans. 

Jazz Day 2021: A Decade of Inspiration. A Conversation with Herbie Hancock and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. 

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