Brazilian Author Paulo Coelho designated as a United Nations Messenger of Peace on 21 September 2007. Photo Credit: Paul Macleod
A political activist since his youth, the Brazilian author Paulo Coelho was designated as a United Nations Messenger of Peace in September 2007. Paul Coelho’s best-selling books, such as “The Alchemist” and “The Pilgrimage,” enchant readers from around the world. He has won numerous international awards for his works, which have been translated into more than 65 languages. The native of Rio de Janeiro uses this global appeal to combat poverty and help underprivileged members of Brazilian society through his Paulo Coelho Institute. He is also an advocate of multiculturalism through his work with UNESCO as a Special Counselor for Intercultural Dialogues and Spiritual Convergences. His designation as a Messenger of Peace will allow Mr. Coelho to continue to promote intercultural dialogue.