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Zaha Hadid Named Unesco Artist for Peace

London, UK

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, gave the distinction to Zaha Hadid at a ceremony in Paris on 24 June in recognition of Hadid’s efforts to raise public awareness of intercultural dialogue, to promote excellence in design and creativity, and her dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization.

“The arts have always bridged cultural, economic and social divides; teaching us that disparate worlds are not mutually exclusive, but rather layered upon each other and profoundly interlinked. I am honoured to join the Artists For Peace, furthering UNESCO’s important message and programmes” said Hadid.

This distinction by UNESCO follows Hadid’s recent inclusion in TIME magazine’s 2010 list of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’, This year’s Time 100 list is divided into four categories: Leaders; Thinkers; Artist and Heroes. Zaha Hadid placed top of the Thinkers category.

Time Magazine