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Malala Yousafzai to be United Nations Messenger of Peace

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Malala would focus on promoting girls' education worldwide

By: AP | United Nations | Updated: April 8, 2017 10:09:50 am
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has selected Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai to be a UN messenger of peace, the highest honor bestowed by the UN chief on a global citizen.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Friday that she will focus on promoting girls’ education worldwide and will be officially designated at a ceremony Monday.

The 19-year-old was campaigning for the right of all children to education in northwest Pakistan when she was severely wounded in a Taliban assassination attempt. Guterres said even in the face of grave danger, she “has shown an unwavering commitment to the rights of women, girls and all people.”

Other messengers of peace include actors Michael Douglas and Leonardo DiCaprio, primatologist Jane Goodall and musicians Daniel Barenboim and Yo-Yo Ma.

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