Brazilians Named UNESCO Ambassadors


Designer Oskar Metsavaht is among the latest UNESCO ambassadors.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. May 24, 2011: A businessman, a designer and an artist – all born in Brazil, have been named as Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Businessman Nizan Guanaes, designer Oskar Metsavaht and artist Vik Muniz, will serve for two years as unpaid ambassadors, UNESCO said. They will use their talents and fame to advocate UNESCO ideals on behalf of vulnerable groups in Brazil and elsewhere.

Guanaes, 52, is chairman of Grupo ABC de Comunicação, which brings together 18 advertising, marketing, content and entertainment companies.

Metsavah created the sportswear label Osklen, in 1997, which promotes a philosophy of living in harmony with the environment and is also the founder of Instituto-E, a non-profit organization in Rio de Janeiro that promotes sustainable human development through its e-brigaders, groups of young people working for sustainable development, environmental protection and social inclusion.

Muniz has lived in New York since the late 1980s ande uses photography to immortalize the images he creates with materials as varied as sugar, chocolate, diamonds, dust and recycled objects. He has shown his work in major museums and galleries around the world. His award-winning documentary film Waste Land is based on one of his projects.

The new ambassadors will join a roster that also includes former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, the Cuban ballerina and choreographer Alicia Alonso and Princess Caroline of Hanover.

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