United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on 10 April 2017 designated Malala Yousafzai as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls’ education.
Nobel Laureate Yousafzai is the youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace. She is also the first one to be designated by Secretary-General Guterres since he assumed office in January 2017.
About Malala Yousafzai
• Born on 12 July 1997, Malala Yousafzai is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
• On 9 October 2012, she was injured after a Taliban gunman attempted to murder her. The murder attempt sparked a national and international outpouring of support for her.
• The 2013, 2014 and 2015 issues of Time magazine featured her as one of the most Influential people globally.
• In 2012, she was honoured with Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize.
• In 2014, she was announced as the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Kailash Satyarthi. The honour made her the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.
About UN Messengers of Peace
• The UN Messengers of Peace are distinguished individuals, who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the global Organization.
• They are selected from the fields of art, literature, science, entertainment, sports or other fields of public life.
• These personalities volunteer their time, talent and passion to raise awareness of UN’s efforts to improve the lives of billions of people everywhere.
Who: Malala Yousafzai
When: 10 April 2017