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MESSENGERS OF PEACE

The nine Messengers of Peace are:

Vijay Amritraj

Kofi Annan and Vijay Armitraj International tennis player Vijay Amritraj (India) was appointed UN Messenger of Peace on 9 February 2001.  Mr Amritraj has been a committed advocate to people in need, devoting his time to raising awareness on the issues of drugs and HIV/AIDS.  He has participated in and organized charitable events worldwide, raising funds to fight the spread of AIDS and is associated with numerous Indian-American charitable and community organizations.

Muhammad Ali

Kofi Annan with Vijay Armitraj Known worldwide as "the Greatest", three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer Muhammad Ali (USA) was appointed UN Messenger of Peace in 1998. Spending most of his time outside the boxing ring devoted to the pursuit of peace, Mr. Ali first came to the UN in 1978 to address the UN Special Committee against Apartheid with a message of peace and spirituality. He brings people from all races together by preaching "healing" to everyone irrespective of race, religion or age. Over the years Mr. Ali has been a relentless advocate for people in need and a significant humanitarian actor in the developing world, supporting relief and development initiatives and hand-delivering food and medical supplies to hospitals, street children and orphanages in Africa and Asia.


Anna Cataldi

Kofi Annan with Anna Cataldi Author and journalist Anna Cataldi (Italy) was appointed UN Messenger of Peace in 1998. She is the author of "Letters from Sarajevo" which chronicled the impact of war on Bosnia's children. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Ms. Cataldi initiated a project to create and distribute a "passport" version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for children. As a human rights advocate, she has traveled to a number of conflict zones where the UN is engaged, including the Balkans, Central Africa and Afghanistan.

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas Film and television actor and producer Michael Douglas (USA) was appointed Messenger of Peace in 1998. He has demonstrated a strong commitment to disarmament, including nuclear non-proliferation and stemming the tide of small arms and light weapons. Mr. Douglas has promoted abolition of nuclear weapons as a moral imperative. He has also spoken out in favour of greater controls over the illegal possession and circulation of small arms and light weapons. He has helped promote an innovative UN programme of weapons recovery in Albania, encouraging people at the community level voluntarily to return arms in exchange for development assistance.

Jane Goodall

Appointed Messenger of Peace on 16 April, 2002, Dr Jane Goodall is best known for her pioneering work with chimpanzees in Tanzania, which began forty-two years ago.  In recognition of her contribution to the advancement of research, education and advocacy on environmental issues, the Secretary-General appointed her a member of an advisory panel to assist in promoting the goals of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.


Enrico Macias

Enrico Macias
Appointed Messenger of Peace in 1997, singer-composer Enrico Macias (France) is a human rights activist, supporting many NGOs and humanitarian grass roots movements. His music reflects his strong commitment to the promotion of human rights, peace and tolerance, and draws attention to the plight of refugees around the globe. Born in Algeria, Mr. Macias knows the refugee's pain of the loss of country, family and friends. He left his country as a refugee and immigrated to France more than 30 years ago. In 1979, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat invited Mr. Macias to perform a peace concert in Egypt soon after Egypt and Israel had signed their historic peace treaty.

Wynton Marsalis

Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis was appointed Messenger of Peace on 20 March 2001.  He has devoted much of his professional career to teaching and advocating music education and has donated musical instruments and assisted young musicians from underprivileged backgrounds with scholarships.  On a recent European tour, Mr. Marsalis, Artistic Director for Jazz at the Lincoln Center, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra helped raise funds for the Gujarat Earthquake Appeal.

Luciano Pavarotti

Louise Frechette with Luciano Pavarotti Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti (Italy) was appointed Messenger of Peace on 3 March 1998. He is strongly committed to alleviating the suffering of children in war-torn countries, performing at concerts to benefit children stricken by war in former Yugoslavia and Africa. The Spice Girls, Celine Dion, Jon Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, and Vanessa Williams performed at a benefit concert staged by Pavarotti to aid children affected by the civil war in Liberia. The Pavarotti and Friends Liberian Children's Village aims to offer medical, educational, and residential aid to children affected by the war. Proceeds of another project undertaken with the London-based charity War Child have supported a music therapy programme in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel Nobel Peace Prize winner, writer, thinker and conscience of humanity, Elie Wiesel has advised the Secretary-General on a number of global issues and lent his voice to a variety of UN causes, particularly in the field of human rights.






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