UNESCO’s New Special Envoy to Haiti: Michaelle Jean

Michaelle Jean is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's new special envoy for Haiti. Photo by: Eskinder Debebe / UN Photo

UNESCO has named Michaelle Jean as the agency’s special envoy for Haiti. Jean will assume the position after her current term as Canada’s governor-general ends later this year.

Jean is a human rights advocate and former radio journalist who travelled with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova to a World Heritage site in Haiti in March 2010, two months after a strong earthquake left the country in ruins.

“I am delighted that Michaelle Jean’s wealth of experience, dynamism and dedication will contribute to achieving UNESCO’s goals, especially in Haiti, the country of her birth and where the Organization is working with national authorities on education, culture, science and media projects – all of which will serve as pillars for the country’s reconstruction,” Bokova said of Jean’s appointment.

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