Dominican Republic’s Margarita Cedeño de Fernández Named United Nations Goodwill Ambassador


Dominican Republic’s First Lady, Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, was named Extraordinary Ambassador of Goodwill for the United Nations this year. She received the title in recognition for her planning and implementation of social development projects in her country, especially in the areas of food and agriculture.

Cedeño de Fernández has a doctorate and law degree. Social development projects implemented under her leadership are meant to reduce extreme poverty and hunger through the promotion of basic schooling, gender equality, health coverage, and occupational partnerships. Some of the programs she has generated for children, young people, and single mothers are aimed at strengthening the family and empowering women through job training in food and agriculture. The First Lady has also been active in promoting learning among lower-income families by facilitating reading and writing workshops and supporting existing public libraries. Cedeño says that her main role as ambassador will be that of advocacy regarding the imperative need to eliminate hunger in the world today: “In realizing my personal engagement, I solemnly commit myself to be at the forefront of the global fight against malnutrition, hunger and poverty, especially at this moment marked by new challenges facing food security.”

Other recipients of this recognition are U.S. track star Carl Lewis, French designer Pierre Cardin, French-Indonesian singer/songwriter Anggun, and Colombian singer Fanny Lú. These five representatives of humanitarian efforts will officially receive the designation as Ambassadors of Good Will on October 16, 2009, in a ceremony at the headquarters of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture in Rome, Italy.

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2 thoughts on “Dominican Republic’s Margarita Cedeño de Fernández Named United Nations Goodwill Ambassador

  1. Mrs. Cedeno Fernandez
    First let me say that our children are our future and more people should work towards eliminating hunger. I have a serious issue that I want to bring to your attention. I am an African-American who has married a Dominican woman who has two children. One a boy who is her biological son and the other is a girl who’s name is Brenda and is 6 years old. My wife has raised Brenda since she was five days old because her biological parents could not afford the medical complications. Brenda’s biological parents have given legal custody to my wife and I. I have applied and been granted Visa’s for my family to come to the United States. The Dominican Republic will not allow Brenda to travel as she is not our biological child and we don’t meet the guidlines for the Hague Convention to adopt her. We have not been married for five years and I am just over the age of 60. The only option we have is to leave Brenda with someone whom she does not know. She only know my wife as mother and has never been told that she is not her biological mother. Of course I have a close bond with my entire family and do not want to see them separated. I work as a mental health worker in the U.S.A. and have dealt with many children who have been devastated when removed from the only family they know. I am hoping that there is something that you can do to keep us together. I thank you in advance for your time in reading my request for assistance.


    Ps. I am completely dedicated to my family and as you can imagine my wife is devastated.

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