UNESCO Saddened by Loss of Goodwill Ambassador Painter Ikuo Hirayama

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PARIS- Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, expressed her deep sadness at the death of Professor Ikuo Hirayama, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, on December 2, at the age of 79. “UNESCO has lost a friend,” she said. “For more than 20 years, Professor Hirayama lent his tireless support to the Organization’s projects, especially in the fields of education, emergency relief and reconstruction. He was particularly concerned with making people aware of the value of cultural heritage as a basis for mutual understanding. He will be missed and remembered fondly by all at UNESCO.” Professor Hirayama, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, became an eminent painter and public figure. Campaigning for the preservation and restoration of the world’s cultural heritage, he publicized the activities of what he called the “Red