18 September 2008
UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura designated Tajik sculptor Amri Aminov UNESCO Artist for Peace during a ceremony on 17 September at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris within the framework of the visit of Tajikistan’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Hamrokhon Zarifi.Mr Aminov received this designation “in recognition of his contribution to spreading UNESCO’s message of peace and tolerance through his artistic activities and his dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization”.
Native of Tajikistan, Mr Aminov studied in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is known for his lost-wax cast bronze statues. Living in France since many years, he has created trophies for two of UNESCO’s prizes, the Cities for Peace Prize (1999) and the Special Prize of Cinema for a Culture of Peace awarded to Chinese film director Zhang Yuan in 2000.
Appointed for two years, Mr Aminov Amri Aminov will support UNESCO’s activities aiming at the protection and promotion of intangible cultural heritage, in particular of traditional handicrafts in Central Asia.
UNESCO Artists for Peace are internationally-renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote UNESCO’s message and programmes. Among them are musician Manu Dibango (Cameroon), actress Patricia Velasquez (Venezuela), musician Gilberto Gil (Brazil), dancer Miyako Yoshida (Japan), soprano singer Sumi Jo (South Korea), singer and founder of the musical group Gypsy Kings Chico Bouchikhi (France) and conductor Valery Guergiev (Russian Federation).