French entrepreneur appointed as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

26 August 2009

The French entrepreneur Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière will be unveiled tomorrow as the newest Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the agency announced today.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, is scheduled to formally appoint Mr. Ladreit de Lacharrière during a ceremony at the agency’s headquarters in Paris.

Mr. Ladreit de Lacharrière’s appointment was made in recognition of his crucial role in the promotion of education and culture for social cohesion, his commitment to fighting discrimination and promoting equal opportunity, and his devoted service to UNESCO, the agency said in a press release.

Mr. Ladreit de Lacharrière is founder and CEO of Financière Marc de Lacharrière (FIMALAC) and President of the French cultural magazine Revue des Deux Mondes. He is a leading patron of the Louvre Museum and heads the Culture and Diversity Foundation, which uses culture and the arts in the service of social cohesion and equality of opportunity.

As UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, he will participate in the Education for All programme, with a focus on fighting discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity.

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