In 2004, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) launched the Programme of “ISESCO Ambassadors for Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations”. The Executive Council of ISESCO, at its twenty-sixth, twenty-seventh and twenty-ninth sessions (2005, 2006 and 2008 respectively), approved the appointment of a number of international VIPs and eminent world-class leaders as ISESCO Ambassadors for Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations. A ceremony was organized for the accreditation of these ambassadors who received their credentials and medals on formal occasions, mostly as part of the Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers that ISESCO organizes on a regular basis.

In addition to the moral considerations and qualitative standards adopted in selecting these ambassadors, ISESCO also took into account the Member States’ geographical distribution, and expanded the selection scope to include Muslim communities outside the Member States, with the appointment of a number of Islamic cultural action leaders in Europe, America and the Indian subcontinent. These ambassadors have played a major role in promoting ISESCO, its objectives and its vision of intercultural dialogue and alliance of civilizations, through specific activities under this Programme, or within the framework of the activities or events they participate in, in other capacities and by virtue of other positions. ISESCO Director General held several working sessions with these ambassadors at the Headquarters and elsewhere, and oversaw the organization of coordination meetings with them, which were attended by most of them and which resulted in initiatives and commitments favoring enhanced cultural dialogue and developed coordination and follow-up mechanisms.

In a bid to give this Programme a more comprehensive dimension and unify its general institutional framework, the Executive Council, on the occasion of its 37th session (2016) decided to change its name as “ISESCO Goodwill Ambassadors Programme“, in such a way as to enable the Organization to choose Goodwill Ambassadors in all its areas of competence, and to involve these ambassadors in serving its priority issues. In this connection, the Council accredited other prominent international personalities. The list of ISESCO Goodwill Ambassadors is accordingly as follows:

His Royal Highness Prince

El Hassan Bin Talal,

President of the Arab Thought Forum (Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan)

Tun Dr.

Mahathir bin Mohamad,

Prime Minister of Malaysia

Her Excellency Mrs

Mehriban Aliyeva,

First Lady of Azerbaijan, President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation (Republic of Azerbaijan)

H.E. Dr

Atta-Ur-Rahman,

Former Coordinator General of the Standing Committee for Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH), former Chairman of the Higher EducationCommission/Federal Minister, Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

H.E. Prof.

Cheikh Modibo Diarra,

Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Mali, President of the Pathfinder Foundation

H.E.

Mr Zlatko Lagumdzija,

Former Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina

H.E.

Dr Atta-Ur-Rahman,

Former Coordinator General of the Standing Committee for Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH), former Chairman of the Higher EducationCommission/Federal Minister, Islamic Republic of Pakistan

H.E.

Ms Aicha Bah,

Former UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, and Former Minister for Pre-Higher Education and Professional Education of the Republic of Guinea

H.E

Mr Amadou Mahtar M’Bow,

Former Director General of UNESCO (Republic of Senegal)

Mrs Huda bint Abdulrahman

bin Saleh Al-Halisi,

Member of the Shura Council, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dr

Yahya Pallavicini,

Vice President of the Italian Islamic Religious Community (COREIS)

Dr

Rashid Shaz,

Professor at Aligarh Muslim University and Director of the Centre for Promotion of Educational & Cultural Advancement of Muslims in India

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