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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Goodwill Ambassadors as Global Citizens

Goodwill Ambassadors of the United Nations

The United Nations reminds us this month about the importance of Goodwill Ambassadors, Messengers of Peace Champions of Sport, and other Special Representatives that work to promote ideals that foster humanity and unity as international civil servants under a great number of departments and specialized divisions.

Each of the celebrities and public figures (which include actors, artists, authors, musicians, politicians, and other popular figures) has expressed an interest in advocating and serving the United Nations as a politically and religiously neutral figure to serve as an ambassador to promote ideals that are universal and global.

UN Goodwill Ambassadors 
UN Special, Magazine, No 752, September 2015

The UN Special: Magazine of International Civil Servants this month highlights the accomplishments and horizons of this humanitarian task force we know as goodwill ambassadors and their work around the world. The United Nations has been using goodwill ambassadors since 1954 when they introduced actor, singer and dancer Danny Kaye as their first special representative with the special title of Goodwill Ambassador.

Today the UN has nearly 500 goodwill ambassadors actively working with organizations like UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNEP, UNDP, and a dozen other specialized divisions.

Coincidentally this month the United Nations, hundreds of iNGOs, and their goodwill ambassadors will lead 193 nations toward creating a sustainable world when the global priority shifts to the recovery of the global ecosystem and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, some say it will be the biggest change ever experienced by human-kind. People should expect many changes in lifestyle and methods that have been identified as unsustainable.

New Opportunity

Every state that participates will be rewarded well for their compliance through the Climate Fund and the World Bank; the UN and independent organizations like Globcal International are positioned to create facilitatory services to the public and private sectors to benefit best from the SDGs. The United Nations is implementing international observers and economic oversight to protect against corruption, Globcal similarly will offer special services through a cooperative service and trading program designed for global citizens.

Become better positioned and prepared for the change as a member of Globcal International (as a goodwill ambassador or global citizen) to work with us on UN SDG projects, in Biosphere Reserves, at UNESCO sites, archeological parks, and within Indigenous Territories. Many of our members move onto careers with the United Nations and other iNGOs like the Red Cross.

Globcal International and the Goodwill Ambassadors of the World program began promoting the new Post-2015 Agenda and programs that promote sustainability with the MDGs and are now positioned for the SDGs with the development of a special sanctioned global citizenship pilot program designed to exempt global citizens and goodwill ambassadors in their work and travels. To learn more about becoming a goodwill ambassador working for Globcal International and the United Nations please contact us for a private personal development consultation.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ambassador Hancock establishes International Jazz Day

World Now has an Official International Jazz Day

CHARLES J. GANS, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Ambassador Herbie Hancock believes what the world needs is a little jazz diplomacy.

"I hope that this day spreads the joy of spontaneous
creation that exists in this music. My feeling is that 
the jazz will be getting its due," -Herbie Hancock
The renowned jazz pianist's first major initiative since being named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador last July is to establish International Jazz Day to be held on April 30 of every year. That date coincides with the last day of what has been celebrated as Jazz Appreciation Month in the U.S.

This year's inaugural event — organized by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which Hancock chairs — will include star-studded concerts in Paris, New Orleans and New York as well as jazz-related events in several dozen countries from Algeria to Uruguay.

Hancock said he had little difficulty lining up support for his proposal from the 195-member U.N. cultural organization "because so many countries have been affected in crucial ways over the years by the presence of jazz."

"Jazz has been the voice of freedom for so many countries over the past half century," Hancock said in a telephone interview ahead of Tuesday's official announcement of International Jazz Day.

"This is really about the international diplomatic aspect of jazz and how it has throughout a major part of its history been a major force in bringing people of various countries and cultures together."

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova endorsed the initiative. In a statement, she said International Jazz Day is intended to bring together people all over the world "to celebrate and learn more about the art of jazz, its roots and its impact, and to highlight its important role as a means of communication that transcends differences."

The official kick-off will be on April 27 with an all-day program at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris that will include master classes, roundtable discussions and improvisational workshops. An evening concert will feature Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, South Africa's Hugh Masekela and Brazil's Tania Maria, among others.

Hancock will begin the April 30 celebrations with a sunrise concert at New Orleans' Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz, which comes right after the first weekend of the city's Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The concert will present local jazz luminaries Terence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis, Dr. Michael White, Kermit Ruffins and the Treme Brass Brand. Hancock plans to perform his funky standard "Watermelon Man" with high school students from around the world via an Internet link.

He then will fly to New York for a sunset all-star jazz concert for the international diplomatic corps at the U.N. General Assembly Hall to be hosted by Morgan Freeman, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas and Quincy Jones. The concert will be streamed live via the U.N. and UNESCO websites.

Its lineup already includes Hancock, Bridgewater, Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Christian McBride, Esperanza Spalding, Jack DeJohnette, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi and Jimmy Heath. The Americans will be joined by an international cast of musicians spanning different genres, including Richard Bona (Cameroon), Hiromi Uehara (Japan), Zakir Hussain (India),Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Lang Lang (China), and Romero Lubambo (Brazil).

Hancock sees his latest initiative as an extension of his 2010 CD, the double Grammy-winning "The Imagine Project," a globe-trotting, genre-mixing effort that featured a United Nations of pop and world music stars from 10 countries.

"I hope that this day spreads the joy of spontaneous creation that exists in this music," Hancock said. "My feeling is that jazz will be getting its just due."

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Goodwill Ambassadors seek Global Change

New Goodwill Ambassador Program formed by Globcal International

Beginning August 01, 2009 guest authors and friends of the Goodwill Ambassadors of the World will begin writing and submitting feature stories for publishing from all over the world.

Our intention is simple publish good stories and champion the good works of goodwill ambassadors from all over the world and network their information in the social media to propagate others to spread the ideal of goodwill and good work among people on Facebook and involved with other social media platforms. Good conversations based on good deeds will result in a social and global change toward positive performance among humanity.

This blog will share the work and goodwill missions that ambassadors are charged with from many different organizations, it will discuss past and future missions, it will honor those who are appointed, volunteer, and professional ambassadors through articles that feature these proactive individuals.

We will discuss and review individual goodwill ambassadors' work, give some biographic information, focus on special programs in which they have been involved, and provide additional references about each featured goodwill ambassador. Many are well known celebrities from every walk of life and every sector of society and career affiliation will be interviewed or researched for inclusion here,

The people you will meet here include engineers, writers, astronauts, ex-presidents, sportsmen, princes and princesses, athletes, movie stars, and regular people who do good deeds beneficial to society.

Goodwill ambassadors have been around as long as society itself probably, perhaps it is an essential element of the evolution of our world today. Here together we will compile and focus on these fantastic people and their causes to project peace for humanity, recover our environment, bring attention to new issues, and perhaps even solve many of the problems that face us daily.

Blogs posted here will focus on the goodwill work of the United Nations, departments of the UN, the African Union, the European Union, Globcal International, the Global Peace Index, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Greenpeace, and many many other organizations that have goodwill missions as qualified by Goodwill Ambassadors, International.

Countries, states, major metropolitan cities and community programs are all welcome to submit stories about their goodwill ambassador programs or agendas for consideration and publication within this blog or linked to this blog as a reference or part of our "Other News."

We will always be looking for content and good articles to post here and have every intent of delivering a valuable blog that will be informative, educational, and entertaining.

If you are interested in submitting content, becoming an author, want to nominate a goodwill ambassador to a particular agency we collaborate with, or if you want to become a Globcal Ambassador of Public Diplomacy, then please contact us directly at or we will be glad to help you in any way that we can.

During the month of August we will publish at least 30 short blogs (less than 1000 words) and several features (over 1000 words). Among the first articles to be published are from a series that is being presented about goodwill ambassadors from the United Nations organizations including the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Joint United Nations Programmes on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), World Health Organization (WHO) and others.