United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres has bestowed the highest honour UN Messenger of Peace upon Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai.
She was described as a symbol of the most important thing in the world-education for all. With this, she became youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace.
About Malala Yousafzai
- Malala was born on 12 July 1997 in Mingora city in Swat province of Pakistan.
- At the age of 11 she had caught international attention as female education activist after writing for the BBC about life under the Taliban in Pakistan under pseudonym Gul Makai.
- Her campaign had led to a Taliban assassination attempt near that left her severely wounded after she was shot in head in 2012.
- Awards and Honours: In 2014, at the age of 17 she was awarded Nobel peace prize, becoming youngest Nobel Laureate in the history of Nobel award.
- National Youth Peace Prize (2011), Mother Teresa Awards for Social Justice (2012), Simon de Beauvoir Prize (2013), Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought (2013), Anna Politkovskaya Award (2013).
- UN has declared 12 July as ‘Malala Day’ in her honour.
About UN Messenger of Peace
- The coveted title is bestowed by UN upon distinguished individuals, carefully selected from the fields of art, literature, music and sports or other fields of public life.
- The Messengers of Peace scheme was instigated in 1997 as a central addition to the system of UN goodwill ambassadors and honorary ambassadors, run by the different UN agencies since 1954.
- The messengers of peace are appointed directly by the Secretary-General of the UN and are intended to promote the work of the United Nations in general and
- Initially they were chosen for a period of three year, but three of the current twelve messengers, Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall, and Yo-Yo Ma have served for more than ten years.