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.
For full article (in Spanish), see http://news.caribseek.com/Dominican_Republic/article_81385.shtml and (in English) http://www.fao.org/getinvolved/ambassadors/ambassadors/ambassadors-fernandez/en/