Answered By: Elizabeth Mwarage
Last Updated: Jul 13, 2015     Views: 10492

United Nations Messengers of Peace/Goodwill Ambassadors are distinguished individuals, carefully selected from the fields of art, literature, science, entertainment, sports or other fields of public life, 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, 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 United Nations Secretary-General appoints Messengers of Peace. Goodwill Ambassadors, on the other hand, are designated by the heads of United Nations Funds, Programmes and specialized Agencies, e.g., UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and UNHCR. Goodwill Ambassadors are subsequently endorsed by the Secretary-General. 

Goodwill Ambassadors vs. Messengers of Peace:

Goodwill Ambassador programmes have been in place across the United Nations since 1953. They  are designated by the heads of United Nations funds, programmes and specialized agencies and are subsequently endorsed by the Secretary-General. Some agencies also use eminent personalities in other capacities, such as UNESCO, which has designated “Artists for Peace”.

List of UN Messengers of Peace:

Source:  UN Messengers of Peace website


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