• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil Bestseller Paulo Coelho’s Latest Mission: Peace Messenger

Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho, a Brazilian writer with international renown, has been appointed messenger of peace by the United Nations. He became part of a handful of international personalities chosen by the UN for this mostly symbolic post.

It was in 1998 that the UN started selecting famous people who somehow contribute to global development to represent the UN in certain occasions.

Coelho, author of novels, has already had his books translated into 65 different languages. He has sold over 100 million books, and was the world's best selling author in 2003. The main feature of his work is mysticism.

One of his first books, The Diary of a Magician ('Diário de Um Mago'), launched in 1986, described his own pilgrimage on the Route of Santiago de Compostela, in Spain.

Born in the southeastern Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, in 1947, Paulo Coelho also wrote song lyrics in partnership with some of the most famous Brazilian singers, such as Elis Regina and Raul Seixas.

He also adapted the books 'The Greatest Thing in the World', by Henry Drummond, and 'Beloved Prophet', by Khalil Gibran.

The writer maintains the Paulo Coelho Institute using funds from the copyrights of his works. The institute provides aid to children and elderly people who have financial problems. The idea is to give them opportunities. Elderly people receive financial assistance.

The institute makes contributions to Solar Meninos de Luz, a day nursery located in the Pavão-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo slums, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, which caters to 430 impoverished children.

Before being appointed UN messenger, Paulo Coelho was already a Special Counselor for Intercultural Dialogues and Spiritual Convergences at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Along with the Brazilian bestselling author also appointed last week by the secretary general at the UN, Ban Ki-moon, were Argentine pianist Daniel Baranboim, Japanese violinist Midori Goto and Princess Haya from Jordan. Actor Michael Douglas, conservationist Jane Goodall, cello player Yo-Yo Ma, and writer Elie Wiesel were already part of the list.

The messengers of peace are usually people renowned for their talents in the fields of art, literature, music, and sports, who embark on a mission of propagating the UN's ideals and activities throughout the world.

Tags:

  • Show Comments (1)

  • Ric

    Symbol
    What better symbol for peace than a bunny rabbit?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil Markets Slow Down After Record Highs

Brazilian markets weakened on profit taking following recent gains. Yesterday, Brazilian equities set new ...

While the US Looks Eastward Brazil Is Emerging as a Nuclear Superpower

On Thursday, July 31, Brazilian authorities gave the final go ahead to the civilian ...

Brazil: How to Shop for Food

It is not easy to find products at Brazilian supermarkets. There are so many ...

Prices in Brazil Rise 93%. Those Controlled by Government Go Up 340%

A just-released study by Brazil’s Secretariat of Economic Oversight at the Ministry of Finance ...

Bolivia Tells Brazil to Get Out of the Oil Distribution Business by July 1st

Brazil’s Oil Company Petrobras Bolivian affiliate will cease to distribute fuel and refined products ...

Short story

Two waiters arrive with trays, ice buckets, bottles. What meal! “I’m completely drunk.”, “Then ...

Technology Helps Brazil Get Record Crop Without Expanding Planted Area

Brazil's 2007/2008 crop, with 143.87 million tons picked, growth of 9.2% over the previous ...

Russia Approves All Experiments from First Brazilian Astronaut

The Brazilian Space Agency’s (AEB) manager of the Centennial Mission, Raimundo Nonato Mussi, reported ...

Frontpage of Folha de S. Paulo shows damage from Israeli air attack in Lebanon

A View from Brazil: Israeli Attacks Are a Crime Against Humankind and Democracy

Another Brazilian Air Force jet reaches the homeland carrying wearied vacationers turned war refugees. ...