December 2, 2009

WORLD: Stevie Wonder Named United Nations Messenger of Peace

. NEW YORK, NY / United Nations Secretary General / Press Release / December 2, 2009 Grammy Award-winning songwriter and musician Stevie Wonder of United States has been named United Nations Messenger of Peace as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on people with disabilities. His designation will be officially announced at a press conference at United Nations Headquarters on Thursday, December 3, 2009. See press note In selecting Stevie Wonder for this designation, the Secretary-General said, “Our newest Messenger of Peace is someone who is admired by millions of people and has given back to millions of people. I recognize that he has consistently used his voice and special relationship with the public to create a better and more inclusive world, to defend civil and human rights and to improve the lives of those less fortunate. Stevie Wonder is a true inspiration to young people all over the world about what can be achieved despite any physical limitations.” [rc] Seniors World Chronicle adds Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950; name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. Blind from birth, Wonder signed with Motown Records at the age of eleven, and continues to perform and record for the label. He has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits and won twenty-two Grammy Awards, the most ever won by a male solo artist. (Source: Wikipedia)