13 июля 2011

The Russian Singer Alsou Abramova Named UNESCO Artist for Peace


A ceremony for conferring the honorary title of UNESCO Artist for Peace to the well-known Russian singer Alsou Abramova took place on July 7, in Paris. This title is awarded by the International Organization to famous musicians, actors and artists, whose professional activities promote strengthening of cultural ties between nations. This decision was made by Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova in recognition of the Russian singer’s activity for the sake of the most vulnerable population groups, children’s charity activities, as well as commitment to the ideals and objectives of the Organization. Presenting an Artist for Peace Diploma to A.Abramova, Director General Irina Bokova noted that “by her creativity and charity as head of the Raduga charity foundation, Alsou strengthens the bonds of solidarity which connect mankind”, and stressed the importance of continuing the development of humanitarian programs addressed to children, youth, women. Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO, Permanent Delegate of the Russian Federation to UNESCO, Eleonora Mitrofanova especially highlighted the fact that A.Abramova is the first Russian woman to be awarded the honorary title of UNESCO Artist for Peace, and thanks to her extensive charitable and social activities she has long deserved this title. In her speech of response, UNESCO Artist for Peace A.Abramova thanked UNESCO’s leadership for giving her confidence, and described her plans to implement humanitarian projects under the auspices of the Organization. The event generated considerable interest among the diplomatic missions of the UNESCO Member States and Secretariat. It was attended by numerous representatives of French and Russian media