UNESCO names Peruvian tenor Florez as Goodwill Ambassador

2012-11-16 21:01:47 GMT2012-11-17 05:01:47(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

PARIS, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday named celebrated Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

Florez, a 39-year-old Peruvian opera star who gained an international reputation performing in the most prestigious opera houses around the world, was recognized "for his dedication to initiatives related to social inclusion and education".

Florez is the president of the Children and Youth Orchestra System Foundation of Perual and also the founder of the Symphony Foundation for Peru.

Florez aimed to transform society through music, give children and youth important values and helps protect them from the dangers of drugs and crime.

"In a world threatened by intolerance, music is a universal language that enhances mutual understanding and dialogue," said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, during the nomination ceremony held in the organization's Paris-based headquarters.

"Your commitment is in harmony with Peru's decisive action in this area, whether linking culture and development or fighting the illicit trafficking in cultural property. Together, we can promote culture as a force for peace and social progress," the UN director-general addressed.

Visiting Peruvian President Ollanta Humala Tasso also attended Florez's nomination ceremony at UNESCO. He stressed that his country is willing to develop "more bilateral cooperation in the fields of education and culture" with UNESCO.

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are an outstanding group of personalities who have generously agreed to use their talent and status to help focus the world's attention on the work of the Organization in education, science, culture and communication.

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