Television Listings

Stevie Wonder named U.N. peace messenger

 Stevie Wonder performs at the taping of the 2009 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles in this July 15, 2009 file photo. Wonder has been appointed a U.N.
Stevie Wonder performs at the taping of the 2009 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles in this July 15, 2009 file photo. Wonder has been appointed a U.N. 'messenger of peace' with a special focus on people with disabilities, the United Nations announced on Wednesday. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
— image credit: Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - American Grammy Award-winning singer Stevie Wonder has been appointed a U.N. "messenger of peace" with a special focus on people with disabilities, the United Nations announced on Wednesday.

Messengers of peace are celebrities mainly from the fields of film, music, literature and sport who promote U.N. activities and ideals through public appearances and media contacts.

In a statement, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described Wonder, who is blind, as "a true inspiration to young people all over the world about what can be achieved despite any physical limitations."

"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," Ban said.

Wonder, 59, became blind shortly after birth but learned to play the harmonica, piano and drums by age 9.

In his career, Wonder recorded 32 No. 1 R&B and pop singles, won 25 Grammy Awards and sold more than 100 million records.

Wonder, whose hits include "Superstition," "I Just Called to Say I Love You" and "My Cherie Amour," embarked on a concert tour last year that he said he hoped would spread a message of unity among all religions and races.

(Reporting by Patrick Worsnip; Editing by Stacey Joyce)

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

10 Alternative Horror Movies for Halloween 2014
 
European pianist to perform in Campbell River
 
RBCM book wins author B.C. prize
Rebecca Roux is a rising star
 
Carve out time for new pumpkin event at the Rollin Art Centre
 
More Symphony tickets up for grabs in Qualicum BEach
Wizard of a tale
 
Carver turns pumpkins into glowing artwork
 
Frankenstein lumbers across the Cowichan Theatre screen

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 22 edition online now. Browse the archives.