Dr. Goodall Accepts UN Peace Appointment

Dr. Jane Goodall on April 16th accepted an appointment as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, vowing to carry the message that "to achieve global peace, we must not only stop fighting each other but also stop destroying the natural world."

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan awarded the appointment to Dr. Goodall in a private ceremony at U.N. headquarters in New York on April 16. He cited her for her "dedication to what is best in mankind" and presented her a lapel pin in the image of a dove, designed especially for Messengers of Peace. Dr. Goodall also received a plaque citing her "devotion to the creation of a safer and more stable world [and] the fostering of human rights and the liberation of the human spirit."

As a Messenger of Peace , Dr. Goodall joins a group of nine prominent people that Annan has appointed to the role since 1997. They are asked to help mobilize the public to get involved in work that makes the world a better place, and serve as advocates in a variety of areas: poverty eradication, human rights, peace and conflict resolution, HIV/AIDS, disarmament, community development and environmentalism.

Other Messengers of Peace include: Muhammad Ali, Vijay Amritraj, Anna Cataldi, Michael Douglas, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Enrico Macias, Wynton Marsalis, Luciano Pavarotti, and Elie Wiesel.

Dr. Goodall is also a member of the advisory panel Annan named to discuss new approaches to sustainable development and promote the goals of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, to be held in Johannesburg in September 2002.

Dr. Goodall's first act as a Messenger of Peace took place later that day, when she presented the first Alan Cranston Peace Award on behalf of the Global Security Institute to Jayantha Dhanapala, U.S. under-secretary-general for disarmament affairs.

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