UN Messengers of Peace
The United Nations started its Messengers of Peace program more than 10 years ago. Now, there are 10 UN Messengers of Peace: Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Daniel Barenboim, George Clooney, Paulo Coelho, Midori Goto, Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall, Yo-Yo Ma, Charlize Theron and Elie Wiesel. These celebrities are selected from the fields of art, literature, music and sports to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the United Nations and to raise awareness of the United Nations’ efforts to improve the lives of billions of people everywhere through their public appearances, contacts with the international media and humanitarian work. View Link…
There are 6 former UN Messengers of Peace: Muhammad Ali, Vijay Amritraj, Anna Cataldi, Enrico Macias, Wynton Marsalis and Luciano Pavarotti. These former UN Messengers of Peace have gracefully lent their names, reputations and energy to motivate people to press for a more peaceful world. View Link…
To complement the UN Messengers of Peace program, the UN has 160 Goodwill Ambassadors in designated geographical and substantive areas. The UN Goodwill Ambassadors are distinguished public figures from various walks of life, they include: Nelson Mandela, George McGovern, Roger Federer, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, and Angelina Jolie. View Link…
Two suggestions to help enhance the good programs of UN Messengers of Peace and UN Goodwill Ambassadors:
- In addition to selecting distinguished individuals from the fields of art, literature, music and sports; the fields of selection should be widened to include more individuals from the fields of science, academics and business.
- In addition to selecting distinguished individuals as UN Messengers of Peace and UN Goodwill Ambassadors; distinguished organizations (NGOs, businesses, media) should also be considered as UN Messengers of Peace and UN Goodwill Ambassadors.
A word to the UN Messengers of Peace and UN Goodwill Ambassadors:
A word to the UN staff dealing with the UN Messengers of Peace and UN Goodwill Ambassadors:
Mohamed Alaadin A. Morsy, Ph.D.