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Pop-opera singer Lim Hyung-joo named UNESCO's goodwill envoy for peace, arts

2014/12/15 14:17

SEOUL, Dec. 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korean pop-opera singer Lim Hyung-joo has been named the UNESCO Korean National Commission's first goodwill ambassador for peace and arts, the commission said Monday.

He will be formally appointed to the post during a ceremony at UNESCO Hall in central Seoul on Thursday, it said.

With the title, the singer will take part in UNESCO activities, including campaigns to raise funds to support education for underdeveloped countries and to protect world cultural heritage in the future.

"It's a honor for the commission to come to appoint Lim as a goodwill ambassador in this meaningful year marking its 60th founding anniversary," Min Dong-seok, secretary-general of the commission, said. "We hope he will contribute to UNESCO activities using his excellent artistic talent."

   The local commission has so far named 11 goodwill and honorary ambassadors, including Korean poet Ko Un (goodwill ambassador for peace), Korean jazz vocalist Nah Youn-sun (honorary ambassador for UNESCO's International Jazz Day) and Korean-Japanese New Age pianist Yang Bang-ean (honorary ambassador for peace and arts).

South Korean pop-opera singer Lim Hyung-joo (R) (Yonhap) South Korean pop-opera singer Lim Hyung-joo (R) (Yonhap)

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