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Jean Michel Jarre - JMJ and UNESCO

Kanta - Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:09 pm
Post subject: JMJ and UNESCO
I thought I would open a topic dedicated to JMJ and his activities with UNESCO only. There does not appear to be one on the forum. So any info can be added here.

The 2010 UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors Annual Meeting will be held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on June 24th. H.R.H. Princess Firyal and Mr. Jean Michel Jarre will serve as moderators of the meetings all day, which includes hosting a discussion between the new Director-General, Ms. Irina Bokova, and UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors. This year’s annual meeting will be the first time D.G. Bokova will address UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors as a group.

Following the working lunch, Princess Firyal, along with Mr. Jarre, will moderate the Goodwill Ambassadors' discussion on their various activities during the past year. Princess Firyal will conclude the Annual Meeting by attending a celebration dinner hosted by His Excellency Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker, given in honor of the Director General, Ms. Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors, and Ms. Zaha Hadid, the newly appointed Artist for Peace.


Kanta - Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:21 pm

Irina Bokova welcomes UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors and designates a new Artist for Peace

What is the common point between Jean-Michel Jarre, Claudia Cardinale and Pierre Bergé?
Article (English translation)

Kanta - Tue Jun 29, 2010 5:32 pm

Short video:
Zaha Hadid joins UNESCO's Eminent Personalities

JMJ @ 0:41 and 1:44. :robertdugenou:

Kanta - Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:08 pm


shadow - Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:18 pm

Goddamn, they all laugh like the devil... Damn :lol:
Dr_Jones - Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:34 pm

Herbie Hancock and JMJ in one photo. That photo oozes of aweseme.
Kanta - Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:39 am

Velodynamic - Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:15 am

Wow! Mega-great photos. :D 8)
Dr_Jones - Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:31 am

Those two should do an album together. JMJ & jazz musicians worked wonderful on Zoolook.
Velodynamic - Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:17 pm

Dr_Jones wrote:
Those two should do an album together. JMJ & jazz musicians worked wonderful on Zoolook.

Jarre has tried to play jazz many times on numerous albums and occations.
It would be much better handing it over to "real" jazz musicians like Herbie.
It worked out fine on Last Rendez Vous (Ron's Piece).

Jon - Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:26 pm

Kanta wrote:


Cool photo, if some-what a camp poisture from Jarre :mrgreen:

AnDrOiD - Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:55 pm

Herbie can teach Jean-Michel how to use the Fairlight. :punch:
Kanta - Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:31 pm

AnDrOiD wrote:
Herbie can teach Jean-Michel how to use the Fairlight. :punch:

Jarre Rockit! :punch:

Jon - Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:41 pm

Bit naughty giving them the two-fingered salute :nod:

Kanta - Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:44 pm

Jon wrote:
Bit naughty giving them the two-fingered salute :nod:


This is his way of thinking at that time. :smoke:

Black Bird - Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:12 pm

Thanks for the great pics Kanta ! :clap: He was in a good mood, which is gratifying. :mrgreen:
Kanta - Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:00 pm

Black Bird wrote:
Thanks for the great pics Kanta ! :clap:

My pleasure. :mrgreen:

melo - Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:37 pm

UNESCO Good Will Ambassadors to Meet in Paris (12 - Setember - 2011)

Paris, Sep 9.- UNESCO good will ambassadors, including US Forest Whitaker, French musician Jean Michel Jarre and Argentinian singer Susana Rinaldi will meet in Paris on Monday, September 12.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said that the objective of the meeting is to review a series of current events like post-conflict and post-disaster situations.

Princess Firval of Jordan and Indian philanthropist Madanjeet Singh and Spanish scientist and sociologist Kitin Muniz will also attend the meeting.

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova will open the meeting, expected to be attended by another large group of good will ambassadors to exchange views on the Follow up Report on Education for All Worldwide 2011.

Issues to be discussed also include the promotion of initiatives for the youth, and commitments to peace and dialogue.


melo - Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:02 pm

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has today personally thanked Azerbaijans First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, UNESCO and ISESCO Goodwill Ambassador, MP Mehriban Aliyeva and the Heydar Aliyev Foundation for financial assistance in liquidating the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake at the 11th meeting of the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors opened in Paris on Monday, ITAR- TASS reported.

A strong earthquake occurred on the Haiti Island on Jan. 12, 2010. According to official data as of March 18, 2010, the death toll reached 222,570 people. The number of those who got injured was 311,000 people and missing - 869 people.

The 11th meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors discussed the situation in conflict areas and ways to overcome consequences of the natural disasters.
Bokova thanked the ambassadors for their contribution in spreading the UNESCO ideals in the world in a difficult period of history for mankind.

"Much has been achieved, but even more still should be done," she said.

Bokova said this meeting runs in the year, which was rich in events. Bokova first emphasized the economic crisiss impact on the lives of people around the world and spoke about the important geopolitical developments in the Arab East. In this regard, she drew attention to a role of the youth, which has become the engine of democratic changes in the region, as well as to the issue of gender equality and women's status in society.

Participants have presented reports on the situation in conflict zones in the world - Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. The session also touched the issue of eliminating consequences of the disasters and assisting to regions affected by natural disasters, particularly, the catastrophic drought in countries of the Horn of Africa.

Speaking at the event, French musician and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Jean-Michel Jarre said the global problems require a constant attention and efforts. "People overflow with emotions at a time of crisis, but all forget about this or other catastrophe after a few months. Efforts should be persistent," Jarre said.`

During the meeting, Bokova also welcomed the new goodwill ambassadors, who had the honor to represent the ideals of UNESCO in the world. Famous jazz artist Herbie Hancock and American actor and director Forest Whitaker are among them.

At present, the group of Goodwill Ambassadors includes about 40 representatives of different areas of knowledge, creativity and social life. The group includes Azerbaijani First Lady, president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO, MP Mehriban Aliyeva, French astronaut Patrick Baudry, president of the World Association of Russian Press, Director General of ITAR-TASS Vitaly Ignatenko, president of the Asian Fund, Indian writer Madanjeet Singh, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela and other prominent public figures, designed to spread the organization's ideas in the world.

Bokova stated that the annual meetings of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are very important, and that is why they run on the eve of the regular session of UNESCO General Conference, which opens in Paris in late October


Robi - Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:49 pm

I don't would be with or without UNESCO ; a facebooker keep posting about Libyan project of JM........

Kanta - Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:05 pm

Unesco 12/09/2011:

Black Bird - Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:36 pm

Thank you for posting Melo :D
Kanta - Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:05 pm

:mrgreen: :love:

MsMotty - Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:39 pm

:love: Great photo!
Kanta - Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:26 pm

MsMotty wrote:
:love: Great photo!


Black Bird - Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:32 am

for hugging


Thank`s Kanta ! :mrgreen:

Kanta - Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:14 pm

Black Bird wrote:
for hugging


Thank`s Kanta ! :mrgreen:

You are :welcome: . :hug:

Kanta - Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:17 pm

melo wrote:

Kanta - Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:25 pm

UNESCOs Annual Goodwill Ambassador Meeting - 26 and 27 June 2013 @ UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.

Kanta - Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:07 pm

The Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors @ UNESCO Headquarters, Paris - 26 and 27 June 2013.

Fiona Commins, JMJ, Marianna Vardinogianni and Princess Firyal of Jordan.

JMJ and the General Director of UNESCO, Irina Bokova.

Kanta - Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:22 am

Jean Michel Jarre: 'Kafkaesque' EU ignores world culture - 25 September 2013

The "administrative monster" of the EU is blocking one of the keys to sustainable development, culture, by diminishing its importance in development aid, renowned musician and composer Jean Michel Jarre told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

In a wide-ranging interview (which can be found here) Jarre spoke at length about the symbiosis between his art and the protection of world heritage under Unesco, of which he is a goodwill ambassador.

arre said that he was attracted to Unesco, the cultural arm of the United Nations, because it was the only international organisation capable of communicating mankind's problems of over the next 25-30 years.

He gave as an example his interest in the destruction of the environment in the 1970s, represented by the cover of his 1976 album Oxygne, which shows the Earth peeling away to reveal a human skull.

We see that today everyone is conscious of the environment and is aware that better care should be taken of the planet for future generations. Even if everything is not perfect, we have succeeded. And I think the same is needed concerning education, he said.

Jarre paid tribute to Unesco Director General Irina Bokova who he said led the organisation by making politics in the ancient Greek sense of this word. He called her one of the greatest intellectual leaders of the world and praised the action of Unesco in fields such as education, gender equality, children rights, environment, water and culture.

To Jarre, culture and the future of the planet are intimately entwined. I think that culture is today more than ever key to sustainable development."

But the musician criticised the European Union for its Kafkaesque administrative complexity, and regretted that culture was relegated to second rank in EU development aid.

"Brussels suffers the nightmare of all the administrations of each of the country which adds itself to this city like a mille-feuille," he said. "It is clear that everyone is full of good intentions, but they gave birth to a monster, with the administrative system in Brussels. They wanted to control what must remain specific by definition."

However, Jarre paid tribute to his own country, France, for having spearheaded the cultural exception in international trade talks (see background). This was not just a French concern, he said, but an international one, as it created the idea that culture everywhere should be considered in an exceptional manner.

One has to understand once and for all that culture is one of the foundations of democracy, one of the pillars of freedom, of one's identity. And in defending our culture, we defend the culture of others. And when France says "attention, the cultural exception exists," it doesnt mean that the French cultural exception should be given special treatment, he said.

'Europe has a role to play'

Jarre also said that the European Union had a role to play in promoting culture worldwide, because the old continent was and still is ahead in those questions.

In how to respect culture and in how culture is one of the pillars of our societies, it is Europe that has always been at the forefront of this process, and that has to continue, with the Chinese, with Asia, with the United States, and also to have this discussion between the North and South," he said.

Jarre gave thanks for the support he had received as a young musician in Eastern Europe, well before the fall of the Berlin wall, where his music was seen as a symbol of freedom.

This gave from the very beginning an additional meaning to my work of artist and musician. From the very beginning, I developed personal relations with a number of countries, with Bulgaria, which was one of the first countries from where I received letters of encouragement. Paradoxically, as many as from my own country. This is something that deeply impacted on me, which became part of my DNA, he said.

Jarre, a pioneer of electronic music known for enormous outdoor concerts, has for many years promoted the world's cultural heritage by performing at locations such as the pyramids in Egypt or the Morrocan Sahara.

The Frenchman was the first Western musician invited to perform in China, gained considerable Eastern Europe extensively and has broken the Guinness World Record for the largest concert three times (in 1979, 1990 and 1997). He is also the author of a fundraising initiative to combat illiteracy.

Source and video:

French version of the article:

Kanta - Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:14 am

French version translated:

Culture today is more than ever a key to sustainable development, says Jean-Michel Jarre, who is goodwill ambassador of UNESCO. The musician regrets that "the administrative monster" of Europe culture relegates to the background. He paid tribute to France to promote "cultural exception" on a universal scale.

Hello Jean-Michel Jarre. Needs no introduction to you. Two words for me, I just Eastern Europe and many of my contemporaries the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jean Michel Jarre has changed our lives. You accelerated the fall of the Berlin Wall. Are you aware?
I was conscious afterwards. Because when we do things we do not realize that by definition of the impact they may have. It is true that, from the beginning of my work, I've had letters that came from Eastern Europe, the countries of the East who experienced the Soviet dictatorship, letters that have affected me much and encouraged. That is to say that my music was perceived from the outset as a symbol of escape, freedom, banned in countries on the other side of the wall, especially in Russia, Soviet Union. This gave extra meaning to my work as designer and musician. And from the outset, I have developed personal relationships with a number of countries, with Bulgaria, which was one of the first countries where people have sent me letters of encouragement. Paradoxically, as well as in my own country. This is something that has obviously touched me, part of my DNA somehow.

You even move further east, I think of China, you have done concerts in developing countries, I think the concert at the Pyramids of Egypt, what attracts you to these places , is to showcase the cultural heritage of humanity?
Several things. The music I make, electronic music, when I started, was not as popular today. And the issue was quickly asked: how to stage, how to play, how to interpret it? I've always been quite involved in the ecology and importance of the environment, and it seemed interesting to link the music to the spaces and places. And also to the time of night, like the travelers, set up his tent and disappear the next. For me it has always been this traveling and poetic side of travel with its mystery, as with his hand strength. This is not a paradox: the ephemeral is what remains most in your heart.
It is also the kind of things I wanted to share with the public: be in tune with their environment, coming toward them. This is what also brought me closer to UNESCO and the importance that UNESCO had, has and will in fact clearly identify a number of places in the world that are part of our memory collective, global, our identity as earthlings, beyond borders, it must not only maintain, but to live. And me as a creator, what interested me not to consider these places as dead stones or have a museum approach places on which a cheese is put, because all these places been built at the time that society benefits in one way or another:, religious or civil societal, whatever. And so suddenly, it's something that I wanted to celebrate. And then the music, not the song, is by definition a language that is universal. And so I found myself with invitations, this was not necessarily the projects I had in mind, from cities and countries that offer me to concerts in a few special places, which of course are always human adventures. They are artistic adventures, but they are also human adventures, whether in China, Egypt, Africa, America, Russia, the Eastern too, where I have very strong links with Bulgaria, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary - these are countries that rely heavily for me.

It's been 20 years that you are a goodwill ambassador of UNESCO. This is apparently a work that has brought you a lot?
I am always suspicious of artists who jump on causes, and often it is something ambiguous, because I do not think it is the role of artists to transform their political platform scene. I think these are two different professions. However, I think that from the moment you have a contact to the public, we have a responsibility, and there is a number of things that can transmit through his creation.
What I was immediately attracted to UNESCO when the Director General Federico Mayor then asked me to be UN ambassador for UNESCO, is that this is the only organization which is non-political and able to think about the problems that will arise in 25-30 years, that is to say, to think about the medium term and long term. And this in a world where it is reflected in the very short term.
This is true for policies that are caught in the elections for the bosses of big companies that are in the budget deadlines, while UNESCO has the power to consider the problems of humanity objectively. This is something that I liked and I decided to devote myself, to devote part of my time, and just to support the values of UNESCO, the UNESCO campaigns in my daily life. That is to say that whenever I have the opportunity to talk, to promote the ideas of UNESCO, to raise awareness as UNESCO has a somewhat abstract image for street people.
As I was early involved in environmental issues, one of my first album called Oxygen [1976] and it was not much at the time to get involved, to become interested in the environment. We see that today we got that everyone is aware of the environment and the fact that it is better to pay attention to the planet for future generations. Even if everything is not perfect, we did it.
And I think it's the same thing with regard to education. Today, education is a priority as the ecology has been there thirty years. I would say that three important things for the future, to paraphrase Irina Bokova, our CEO, is education, education and education.

But the world is he better now? Will it still has a skull out of the earth's crust, as on the cover of Oxygen your disc?
It is latent. What I like in this painting by Michel Granger, this is an image that is not necessarily pessimistic. It is rather a question: where do we do? This is the problem that is exacerbated by one of the taboos of our society, which is the demographic problem. It is through education that we come to understand natural disasters, to reduce religious extremism, and to better control the population, which is something we do not talk enough in my opinion.
All these issues are causes dear to UNESCO, which have priority, I would say even more, which are essential, and that is why I am extremely pleased that today the CEO at the head of the UNESCO is a woman. And such a woman Irina Bokova that I, for lots of reasons embodies what must be one of the great intellectual leaders of this world. That is to say, of doing politics in the Greek sense of the term, thinking about the future of the company, the future of our children and future generations. And also because it is Bulgarian. This is something that is interesting for me too. Why? Because all the countries of the East have known almost a century of pain, suffering century. But we know that what does not kill you makes you stronger. And I am always struck by the wisdom of Eastern Europe, beyond Bulgaria, all countries of the East. The Eastern rightly I might almost say a mediator role in the intellectual, precisely because of what happened in the twentieth century, to be some kind of connection, almost on the level of affect, between East and West, and between the North and the South.
And I think that it is a woman, the only woman who is at the head of UN organizations, is something essential. And I think Irina Bokova is totally in tune with the way we will have deal with the problem of education, the issue of equality and the treatment of women, children, of course, the problem of ecology, water problem, culture too.
And that brings us to the role of the European Union in relation to culture. I think the culture today is more than ever a key to sustainable development. And, beyond culture, the concept of intellectual property. That is to say, the famous concept of the cultural exception is extremely discussed in Europe today, and that Mr. Barroso took position [in the negotiations for the Transatlantic Partnership on Trade and investment].
We see that this is a very shaken by the whole evolution of the Internet connection, etc.. Do not forget one thing is that intellectual property is one of the foundations of democracy and the rights of creators to make a living from their work is something that concerns everyone. In every family there are children, brothers and sisters who want to be filmmakers, musicians, photographers, artisans, architects, etc.. Their creation is the identity of the future. It's been like that since humans are on this planet. So this is not just a problem of copyright, it is not a financial problem - who will win money. This is much broader than that. It is also the survival of some developing countries. That is to say people who are plundering the wealth today in the world of advertising, fashion, often without knowing it, without recompense to the communities in need.
And I think Europe has a role to play, because it was and still is ahead of those questions. How to respect the culture and how that culture is one of the pillars of our societies, it is Europe that has always been at the forefront of this process, and it has to continue. With the Chinese, with Asia, with the United States, and also have this discussion between North and South. And UNESCO, of course, is at the center of these discussions.
And when we talk so much parity, it is time also to apply to the head of various organizations. That is why the presence of Irina Bokova at the head of UNESCO is so essential today.

The European Union is not it too compartmentalized in its division of labor, because the Development Commissioner is not responsible for the cultural dimension?
I am deeply European, but Europe is not Brussels. I would say by this that Brussels suffers nightmares utility of each country in addition to the city as a mille-feuille. We suffer, each too much administrative complexity. And Brussels is the administrative complexities countries added together. So it's totally Kafkaesque. With people of good will who do not understand them, which paralyze each other, and that European decisions are a muddle of vacillations and often footholds in the carpet. Nevertheless Europe advance, but it does not advance at all to the speed at which it should move forward. And it is clear that everyone is full of good intentions, but it gave birth to a monster, with the administrative system in Brussels. We wanted to control what must remain specific by definition. This shows the extreme in European countries so caricatured because it is obvious that it is not the solution.
Obviously that culture is at the center of it all. Culture, by definition, is the specificity of each. It's yours, it's mine, it's one of our children is that of our parents. And we can not apply the same principles and approach culture as we approach the agriculture, industry or any other sector of society. And, hence, culture is secondary. Because it is not in the DNA of political culture to the foreground. This has never been. It has often been in growing companies, so it is a bad sign for us. The more we bring culture into the background, the more we will decline.

While paying tribute to my country, France, which so clumsy sometimes, which is not the case right now, but has been in our history, I must say, it has highlighted the culture so flamboyant and so visible. There are many things that might work better in France, but I support our position vis--vis culture, that is to say, to make culture an exception, not a French cultural exception, but be in the company culture is unique and should be considered in exceptional circumstances. You must understand once and for all that the culture is one of the foundations of democracy, one of the pillars of freedom, one's identity. And in defending our culture, we defend the culture of others. And when France says "attention, cultural exception exists," it is not the French cultural exception which must be considered separately. Distribute books, movies and music, it's not like yogurt distribute or endive. Although the problem of endives and yoghurt also a problem even in Brussels.

Where is the music? Besides, I'm not sure if the vinyl does not have a better sound quality than MP3 or CD. You who invented musical instruments ought to know?
Indeed there is a paradox that is born at the advent of the CD, which is that the vinyl had flaws, but was a very good quality. We were introduced to the CD as the Holy Grail of the product and sound reproduction that would be ideal, but we realized that this was not the case, it was rather the 78 digital, and c 'was worse than vinyl. Then came the MP3, which was worse than the CD. So there has been a regression in each other's way, which eventually changed the ear, good or bad does not matter, but it has changed. And at the same time from a technological point of view, recording studios, for movies it's the same thing, have evolved. There is a lag between increasingly important quality a player can have in a studio and how his music will be heard.
But it will be balanced. The music of the future will necessarily go through a great upheaval in the way of listening. Today we are in the digital age, as at the time of the last century, when listening to a gramophone. With MP3, we are in a situation of digital Gramophone. The 21st century, I hope and I believe, will allow to explore more subtle and relevant ways to appreciate the sound and the picture in general.

As to the music itself?

And instruments as extraordinary as the laser harp?
Course. I think the violin will change considerably. We already see with what is happening with tablets, we can do now in the Thalys, when we go from Paris to Brussels. This new violin-related digital access will facilitate the creation for everyone. I think the democratization of tools will also enable the democratization of creation.

What makes you want? Making music in space?
There are a few years Arthur Clark, the author of 2001 - A Space Odyssey, with which I was very friend, told me, "thou there need you to do a concert on the moon one day" . I replied: "Arthur, this is not serious, on the moon there is no atmosphere, the sound can not be broadcast. "He said:" No, but you find a way, I know it will happen one day. "
So I do not know, but there are so many places and places on earth, also related to UNESCO among other things, there is much to create, and to succeed on this planet before venturing into other ... But you never know ...

Kanta - Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:46 am

Video is available on YouTube:
Kanta - Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:16 pm

By Georgi Gotev who is senior editor of EurActiv.

This guy changed my life: Jean Michel Jarre

Posted by Georgi Gotev on 29/09/13

Back in 1976, I took a deep breath of Oxygen. Many of my friends did the same. In 1989 the world changed. No, I was not a dissident; I was not a hero, just a normal person seeking refuge in music.

His music conveyed the message of freedom. On 25 September 2013 in a Paris bar I met Jean Michel Jarre. I told him I had two passions: politics and music We talked about both.

This is the transcript in French and a full-size 31 minutes unedited video.

Source: http://reuniting-europe.b...e/#.UklFxT82cpe

jeanbatman - Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:13 pm

Bravo for all the transcripts, Kanta :wink:
Kanta - Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:18 pm

jeanbatman wrote:
Bravo for all the transcripts, Kanta :wink:

Thank you. :)

Black Bird - Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:10 pm

Thank you for translation , Kanta :D
The Sound-Oven - Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:33 pm

speaking of UNESCO, JMJ mentioned he's doing a concert in China next year for UNESCO...start saving up!!


Kanta - Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:23 pm

Black Bird wrote:
Thank you for translation , Kanta :D

You are welcome. :D

The Sound-Oven wrote:
speaking of UNESCO, JMJ mentioned he's doing a concert in China next year for UNESCO...start saving up!!


Nothing like forward planning. :D

melo - Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:28 pm

UNESCO's Annual Goodwill Ambassador Meeting 2014 (June/July)

Kanta - Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:00 pm

Jean-Michel Jarre - UNESCO Annual Meeting - 30 June 2014 - 1 July 2014

Culture is our future: we must protect it!

Appeal of UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, whilst gathered in Paris on 30 June and 1 July 2014 on the occasion of their annual meeting, have launched an appeal to protect culture considered as a driver of development and as a source of dialogue.

Concerned by the growing number of deliberate attacks against cultural heritage, and facing the instrumentalization of culture, oftentimes taken hostage and used as a pretext for division and conflict;

Noting recently inflicted irreparable damage to cultural heritage in Syria, Iraq, Mali, and in other places, as well as actions aiming to prevent the transmission and perpetuation by the communities of the intangible cultural heritage;

Convinced that damage to cultural property belonging to any people whatsoever constitutes damage to the cultural heritage of humanity, since each people makes its contribution to world culture, as mentioned in the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, of which we celebrate the 60th anniversary this year;

Recalling that cultural heritage in all its forms is a fundamental component of the cultural identity of communities, groups and individuals;

Considering that culture as such plays a fundamental role in the development of all societies, both from an economic point of view, because culture is a source of employment, income and a way to fight against poverty but also from a social point of view, because culture is a vector of cohesion, dignity and confidence in the future;

Welcoming the efforts of UNESCO to safeguard and rehabilitate destroyed and threatened cultural heritage worldwide, as well as initiatives of the Director-General to mobilize the world public opinion and policy makers around the culture;

Encouraging the Organization to continue its efforts to ensure that the importance of culture in policies of development and peace be better known, especially in the context of the elaboration of the United Nations post-2015 development agenda;

Adopt and proclaim this Appeal:

Culture is the essence of humanity, it carries the values and identities of peoples;

We refuse that it is ignored or neglected, as is still too often the case in public policies for development in times of peace and during emergency actions in times of conflicts, where it is considered sometimes as a luxury;

Faced with the violence of current conflicts, we refuse the false rhetoric according to which in an emergency one must choose between the protection of human life and the protection of heritage, because the two are inseparable and protection of heritage in the same way as the protection of schools and hospitals, is a part of the categorical imperatives of international solidarity;

We affirm that the current forms of conflict show that culture is at the heart of reconciliation, dialogue and rapprochement. The protection of culture, and therefore the protection of peoples identity, is at the heart of any sustainable effort to build peace;

We affirm a fundamental link between culture, protection of cultural heritage in all its forms - tangible and intangible as well as education for citizenship in a globalized world, in multicultural societies where the understanding of the diversity of cultures is more than ever an essential condition of the social cohesion; where the transmission and understanding of cultural heritage are essential elements for citizens in the 21st century;

We appeal to the Member States of UNESCO to redouble their efforts and make all necessary arrangement so culture is protected during times of peace and in times of conflict, and to see in it a privileged mean to understand the current issues of sustainable development, dialogue among cultures and religions as well as peace-building;

We appeal that the Post-2015 international development agenda clearly incorporates the role of culture and of cultural diversity as accelerators and facilitators of sustainable development, fully recognizing culture as our common source of creativity, innovation and renewal, whereby humanity is constantly reinventing, develop and build a better future.

Source: http://www.mvvfoundation....265-unesco-2014

Kanta - Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:34 am

Jean Michel Jarre and Chico Bouchikhi - - The Annual Meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors of UNESCO held in Paris this year (2014) with the participation of prominent personalities from around the world, including the dynamic Greek Ambassador Marianna B Vardinogiannis. The Australian Ambassador to Greece Jenny Bloomfield became donor bone marrow, supporting the "Vision of Hope", and so did the National Olympic Academy of Greece visited the Pediatric Oncology Unit.

Source: http://www.espressonews.g...%B4%CE%B1%CF%82

Kanta - Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:22 pm

Kanta - Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:12 pm

Annual Meeting of UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors 2015, Paris - 15 June 2015

This years Annual Meeting of UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors, convened by the Director-General, Irina Bokova, took place at UNESCO Headquarters on 15 June, and brought together outstanding personalities from the worlds of art, film, music, literature, charity and public affairs.

The Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors such as Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Her Royal Highness Princess Firyal of Jordan, Mrs. Ivonne A-Baki, Mr. Metin Arditi, Mr. Pierre Berg, Mrs. Claudia Cardinale, Ms. Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, Mrs. Bahia Hariri, Mr. Alain Husson-Dumoutier, Mr. Jean Michel Jarre, Mr. Cyprien Katsaris, Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola, Mr. Jean Malaurie, Mr. Serguei Markarov, Mrs. Mariana Nicolesco, Mr. Eijin Nimura, Mr. Ali Mahdi Nouri, Mr. Jordi Savall, Mr. Zurab Tsereteli, Mrs. Marianna Vardinoyannis, and many others joined this important gathering.

In this very special year celebrating the 70th anniversary of UNESCO, the main topics of discussion were focused on actions such as the World Education Forum 2015, UNESCOs thought on the issues related to youth and Internet, the "UNITE4HERITAGE" campaign, as well as UNESCOs participation at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) to be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015.

The Goodwill Ambassadors also presented their work over the past year and discussed their experiences. Another highlight of this years meeting was the performance by the troupe Al Buggaa, directed by Mr. Ali Mahdi Nouri, UNESCO Artist for Peace.

The UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are an outstanding group of celebrity advocates who have generously accepted to use their talent and status to help focus the world's attention on the Organizations mission. They extend and amplify UNESCO's work in its fields of education, culture, science, communication and information.


jeanbatman - Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:59 am

Two pics are deformed on the right side :?
The Sound-Oven - Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:16 pm

70 years of UNESCO eh :)

would've been ideal for a mega concert by JMJ to explosively celebrate the occasion...but he has other fish to fry at the moment...

..I doubt we will see a concert this year :|

Kanta - Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:56 pm

Jean-Michel Jarre​ @ Annual Meeting of UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors 2015, Paris - 15 June 2015

More photos can be seen here:

The Sound-Oven - Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:35 pm

Thanks Kanta.

I recognise our Star and also the lady with the orange hair! :peacemaan:

Kanta - Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:24 pm

The Sound-Oven wrote:
Thanks Kanta.

I recognise our Star and also the lady with the orange hair! :peacemaan:

You are welcome, Harjinder. Yes, JM's left, right hand person and more. :nod:

Kanta - Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:32 pm

Jean-Michel Jarre - UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador @ Annual Meeting of UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors 2015, Paris - 15 June 2015

Source: http://www.mvvfoundation....mbassadors-2015

Kanta - Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:59 pm

Address by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of the opening session of the Annual Meeting of UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors UNESCO, 15 June 2015

"I thank Jean-Michel Jarre, for using his outstanding artistic talents to advance UNESCOs key messages of peace and dialogue, reaching out to young people - which is so important today."


Kanta - Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:58 pm

Official YouTube video by Piano21Label - Published on 26 June 2015
Cypriens speech for Peace on the occasion of the Annual Meeting of UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, 15 June 2015.
The meeting was chaired by the UNESCO Director-General, Mrs. Irina Bokova and moderated by Her Royal Highness Princess Firyal and Mr. Jean-Michel Jarre.

Source: (JMs part from 6:42 onwards)

Kanta - Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:57 pm

Irina Bokova - Truly thankful to @jeanmicheljarre for his tireless support for peace and tolerance as @UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador - 17 November 2015


plate of chips - Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:11 pm

Kanta wrote:

Irina Bokova - Truly thankful to @jeanmicheljarre for his tireless support for peace and tolerance as @UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador - 17 November 2015


In these times JmJs bringing cultures together since 1981 is so necessary so significant.
JmJ is one of the most important hope on Earth we have for bridging cultures.
JmJ is World Ambassador for Togethernes.

melo - Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:01 pm

From Bulgaria TV:

Black Bird - Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:26 am

plate of chips wrote:
Kanta wrote:

Irina Bokova - Truly thankful to @jeanmicheljarre for his tireless support for peace and tolerance as @UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador - 17 November 2015


In these times JmJs bringing cultures together since 1981 is so necessary so significant.
JmJ is one of the most important hope on Earth we have for bridging cultures.
JmJ is World Ambassador for Togethernes.

Yes, I mostly agree :) I`m glad we have personalities like him !!!

Kanta - Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:52 pm

Jean-Michel Jarre @ UNESCO General Conference - November 2015

Kanta - Thu May 12, 2016 12:00 pm

Annual Meeting of UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors - 10 May 2016


Kanta - Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:53 pm

Jean-Michel Jarre - Official Twitter - 20/04/2017

Always a great honor & pleasure to be part of @UNESCO & today is 2017 General Assembly, we have to keep on working ! #unesco #unitednations


Kanta - Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:46 pm

zara_music - Instagram - 20/04/2017

Annual Meeting of UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors 2017


Kanta - Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:33 am

Annual Meeting of UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors 2017

On 20 April, the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova received UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors on the occasion of the Annual Meeting 2017. The main objective of this meeting was to examine the priority activities of the Organization for months to come and to discuss the best way these personalities could contribute to the realization of these activities.

The Annual Meeting was also an occasion to share the details of the various projects and activities that the Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors have implemented in their respective domains since the last Annual Meeting in May 2017.

The journey of 20 April 2017 was focused on the presentations of the World Humanities Conference, UNESCOs actions for Youth, as well as the high-level United Nations Conference on Ocean.

Following the Director-Generals opening speech, the World Humanities Conference was presented by Professor Jean Winand, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Lige, Co-chair of the International Programme Committee, Professor Luiz Oosterbeek, Secretary-General of the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH), and Ms Nada Al-Nashif, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences. The World Humanities Conference will gather participants from all over the world working in the fields of science, politics, art and communication. The talks will focus on the six following main themes: Humans and the environment; Cultural identities, cultural diversity and intercultural relations; Cultural heritage; Boundaries and migrations; History, memory and politics; The humanities in a world in transition.

During the afternoon session, the Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors were informed about UNESCOs various activities for Youth. During this presentation, Ms Nada Al-Nashif has recalled her field visit to Uganda in February last, accompanied by Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation. While emphasizing the importance of the projects that Forest Whitaker is implementing in Uganda and in South Sudan to support young people, Nada El-Nashif encouraged other UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors to bring their support to the Organizations actions related to Youth. She also recalled the support that Metin Arditi, Special Envoy for Intercultural Dialogue and Eijin Nimura, UNESCO Artist for Peace bring to the Organization in this crucial area.

The high-level United Nations Conference on Ocean and on Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, which will be at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, was also presented to Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors. This Conference, aiming to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our oceans, will also be solutions-focused with engagement from all.

The Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors such as Mrs Marianna Vardinoyannis, Mr Serge and Ms Beate Klarsfeld, Mr Jean-Michel Jarre, Mrs Bahia Hariri, Mr Marc Ladreit de Lacharrire, Lady Cristina Owen-Jones, Mr Metin Arditi, Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola, Professor Jean Malaurie, Mrs Vera Michalski-Hoffmann, Mr Seidnaly Sidahmed Alphadi, Mrs Maha El-Khalil Chalabi, Mr Kudsi Ergner, Mrs Zarifa Mgoyan, Mr Zurab Tsereteli, Mrs Marianna Nicolesco, Mr Herman Makarenko, Mrs Cecile Guidote-Alvarez and many others participated at this meeting.

Source - Official UNESCO Website:

Kanta - Tue May 02, 2017 11:30 am

Elisso Bolkvadze - Facebook - 01/05/2017


Kanta - Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:04 pm

Via Sonia Blota‏

Jean-Michel Jarre @ A Reflection on Artificial Intelligence
@jeanmicheljarre no evento "A Reflection on Artificial Intelligence" #unesco


Kanta - Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:19 am

Via lipeforbes

The giants !! @jeanmicheljarre and @jorgeforbes_oficial
Talking about artificial intelligence at @unesco


Kanta - Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:05 pm

Digital Creativity and Artificial Intelligence on the Agenda of the Annual Meeting of the Committee on the Diversity of Cultural Expression

The annual meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee to Implement the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions will be held at UNESCO Headquarters from 11 to 14 December.

The 12th session, which will be opened by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, will include a new series of public conferences entitled Create | 2030. Their purpose: to show that investing in creativity can contribute directly to achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Among the artists who will speak during these discussions, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors Jean-Michel Jarre and Deeyah Khan will discuss the impact of artificial intelligence on creativity and artistic freedom. Academics, policymakers and entrepreneurs from around the world will also address these issues during the meeting.


Kanta - Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:33 am


At UNESCO in Paris, CISAC President Jean-Michel Jarre opens a discussion on artificial intelligence within the creative sphere. "We have to distinguish intelligence and consciousness."
Photos : CISAC


Kanta - Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:46 am

Via Jean-Michel Jarre

This morning at UNESCO promoting the diversity of cultural expressions in the digital world #supportcreativity #create2030


Kanta - Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:38 pm


Future frontiers today in focus as CISAC President Jean-Michel Jarre addresses artificial intelligence at UNESCO


Kanta - Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:32 pm

Jean-Michel Jarre is a speaker for Principles for AI: Towards a Humanistic Approach? A Global Conference - 4 March 2019, Room 1 @ 18:00 to 19:00

Setting the Foundation for a Humanistic Approach to AI: A Way Forward - Ministerial Round Table

Jean-Michel Jarre, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, French composer, performer and record producer


Kanta - Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:07 pm

Via Jean-Michel Jarre

Great lunch during the AI World Conference at @unesco with the Mathematician @villani2017 ! #AI #UNESCO #robots


Kanta - Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:39 pm

Jean-Michel Jarre @ Principles for AI: Towards a Humanistic Approach? A Global Conference - 4 March 2019, Room 1

Live webcast:

Kanta - Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:58 am

Via Jean-Michel Jarre

Yesterday at the UNESCO AI World Conference to raise awareness and promote reflection on the opportunities and challenges that AI and its technologies pose. Thanks UNESCO for the interesting conversations #IUNESCO #AI


melo - Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:07 am

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