Herbie Hancock Serves as the Voice of UNESCO 75th Anniversary Video

Institute Chairman Herbie Hancock played a prominent role in today’s 75th anniversary festivities for the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), helping to raise awareness of the UN agency’s unique mandate to foster unity through shared knowledge and cultural heritage. Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue, was invited to provide English narration for the official video overview of the many programs UNESCO has developed over the past 75 years.

The UNESCO 75th anniversary celebration is taking place during the organization’s 41st General Conference in Paris, France, where representatives from more than 190 member countries meet  every two years to discuss and shape policies on topics ranging from the ethics of artificial intelligence to combatting misinformation.

International Jazz Day, which the Institute coordinates each year in cooperation with the UN, UNESCO and thousands of partners around the world, was first declared by a unanimous vote at UNESCO’s 36th General Conference in 2011.


Founded in 1945 following the Second World War, UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that UNESCO accomplishes its mission to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. UNESCO’s overarching objectives include: attaining quality education for all and lifelong learning; mobilizing science knowledge and policy for sustainable development; addressing emerging social and ethical challenges; fostering cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace; and building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication.