The United Nations Messengers of Peace are distinguished individuals, carefully selected from the fields of art, literature, music and sports, who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the United Nations. Backed by the highest honour bestowed by the Secretary-General on a global citizen for an initial period of two years, these prominent personalities volunteer their time, talent and passion to raise awareness of United Nations’ efforts to improve the lives of billions of people everywhere.
The Messengers of Peace, through their public appearances, contacts with the international media and humanitarian work, help expand understanding of how the ideals and objectives of the Organization demand everyone’s attention.
Since the Messenger of Peace programme was established in 1998, successive Secretary-Generals have appointed over a dozen celebrated personalities who gracefully lend their names, reputations and energy to press for a more peaceful world.
In response to a General Assembly request to mark the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, for the first time the Secretary-General appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador.