In April 2002, during a private ceremony at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan named Dr. Goodall, a UN Messenger of Peace. He cited her for her "dedication to what is best in mankind" and presented her with a lapel pin in the image of a dove.
About the Messengers
The UN 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. Carrying the highest honor bestowed by the Secretary-General on a global citizen for an initial period of two years, UN Messengers of Peace volunteer their time, talent and passion to raise awareness about the United Nations’ efforts to improve the lives of people everywhere.
Messengers help mobilize the public to become involved in work that makes the world a better place. They serve as advocates in a variety of areas: poverty eradication, human rights, peace and conflict resolution, HIV/AIDS, disarmament, community development and conservation.
Other UN Messengers of Peace include George Clooney, Michael Douglas, Yo-Yo Ma, Charlize Theron, Stevie Wonder, Elie Wiesel, and many more.
Dr. Goodall's Appointment
In accepting her appointment as a UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Goodall vowed to carry the message that "to achieve global peace, we must not only stop fighting each other, but also stop destroying the natural world."
During the special ceremony in April 2002, 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."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon renewed Dr. Goodall’s appointment as a UN Messenger of Peace when he took office in 2007.
Bringing Her Message to Future Generations
Dr. Goodall carries her message of peace with the natural world through her worldwide outreach efforts, the mission and work of the Jane Goodall Institute, and especially through the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots. With members in more than 120 countries, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots provides young people with the the knowledge, tools and hopeful inspiration to better their environment and improve the quality of life of people and animals.
Each year, in her role as a UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Goodall calls upon members and friends of Roots & Shoots to celebrate the annual UN International Day of Peace
on September 21. Through projects that promote peace among people and the natural world, as well as the symbolic “flying” of their signature Giant Peace Dove Puppets, Roots & Shoots members show their dedication to creating a better, more peaceful future for generations to come.
Each year, Dr. Goodall brings her inspirational message of peace with the natural world to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City for the ceremonial bell ringing and student observance of the UN International Day of Peace.