Malala Yousafzai designated youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace

Apr 11, 2017 12:57 IST

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.


Malala Yousafzai designated UN Messenger of Peace

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.

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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.

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