7 January 2005 : Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola named UNESCO Artist for Peace

Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola ©UNESCO/Michel Ravassard


On 7 January 2005, Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola, widow of the French painter Balthus and a painter herself, was named UNESCO Artist for Peace during a Ceremony held at UNESCO Headquarters. This nomination rewards her commitment to make young people aware of the importance of Cultural and Natural Heritage.


Since 2002, Countess Setsuko has been particularly involved in the World Heritage in Young Hands Programme (Cooperation project between the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) ). The Countess has travelled the world to promote the World Heritage in Young Hands Education Kit and has been received by the Ministries of Education of several countries. Her involvement in this Programme dates back to the World Heritage International Congress organized to mark the 30th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, to which she was invited as a Cultural Patron (Venice, 2002).


In 2004, Countess Setsuko also participated in the Mondialogo School Contest (a UNESCO/DaimlerChrysler partnership) as a Jury Member of this international contest aimed at encouraging intercultural dialogue between 14-to-18-year-old young people through the implementation of a common project. Countess Setsuko will also be a Jury Member of the 2005/2006 Mondialogo School Contest. In September 2006, this Jury will select and reward the best projects among those submitted by the UNESCO Associated Schools as well as the secondary schools participating in Mondialogo.





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UNESCO Artists for Peace


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