dglobalnews.com UN Sec-Gen appointed Malala Yousafzai as UN Messenger of Peace
Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

UN Sec-Gen appointed Malala Yousafzai as UN Messenger of Peace

UN Sec-Gen appointed Malala Yousafzai as UN Messenger of Peace

Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai was on Monday designated as the UN Messenger of Peace by the Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Malala Yousafzai became the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace.

Guterres also cited Yousafzai's "courageous defense" of the rights of all people, including women and girls, to education and equality, and honored her for showing "an unwavering dedication to peace" even in the face of great danger, and her desire to foster a better world.

Malala answered questions from young people yesterday after Secretary-General Antonio Guterres officially bestowed on her the highest honor the United Nations chief can give a global citizen, calling her "a hero".

Accepting the accolade, Ms. Yousafzai underscored the importance of education, especially education of girls, for advancing communities and societies.

"Education is the basic right for every child; especially for girls, this right should not be neglected", she said in a calm but firm voice.

Malala came to prominence when a Taliban attacker shot her in the head in 2012 as she was leaving school in Swat.

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After her designation, Guterres, Yousafzai and UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, conversed with youth representatives from around the world on the theme of girls' education.

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"The extremists tried all their best to stop me, they tried to kill me and they didn't succeed", Malala said. "This means that now this a new life, a second life, and it is for the goal of education". Indeed, she said that her father always told people not to ask him what he did for Malala, 'but ask what I didn't do - I didn't clip her wings'.

Malala became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 2014.

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Other current Messengers of Peace include actor Leonardo di Caprio, for climate change, actor Charlize Theron, whose focus is prevention of HIV and elimination of violence against women, and actor Michael Douglas, whose focus is disarmament.

"Education, learning, getting knowledge, discovering new things is the key part of Islam, which we often forget", Malala said.

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