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Pianist chosen as UN Messenger of Peace

Updated: 2013-11-01 10:01
By Lin Hanqing (chinadaily.com.cn)

China's superstar pianist Lang Lang became a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Oct 29, a role he called more important than his music because it can help improve the lives of children around the world through education.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday designated the acclaimed 31-year-old pianist as a Messenger of Peace with a special focus on education. In the role, Lang Lang — the first person from China to receive the honor — will support the secretary-general's Global Education First Initiative. The campaign will use the "transformative power of education to build a better future for all" through raising education's political profile and quality, and generating funding through "sustained advocacy efforts", according to the UN website.

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