Delft, The Netherlands, 13 May 2014

UNESCO-IHE designates Gil Garcetti Cultural Ambassador

UNESCO-IHE has designated photographer and former Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti, Cultural Ambassador. The ceremony took place at the Institute’s recent Academic Closing, where 150 Masters of Science students from 48 countries received their diplomas.

Water is key

Garcetti retired from his duties as prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office after 32 years, eight of which as District Attorney. He oversaw 1100 prosecutors and was involved in high profile prosecutions, such as the Menendez brothers, O.J. Simpson, and LAPD's Ramparts Division police abuse cases. Garcetti was one of the nations first District Attorneys to use his office to initiate programmes that would reduce crime, not only prosecute crimes after they had taken place. He is credited especially for his focus and new programmes involving domestic and family abuse, juvenile crime, and elder abuse. For the last ten years Garcetti has also been a producer for the hit TNT television shows The Closer and Major Crimes.

Currently he is working as a successful photographer. WATER IS KEY, one of the many compelling photo essay publications Garcetti produced, tells the story of how clean water in villages in West Africa changes the lives, health, education, and destiny of the people there, especially that of women and girls. The photo series led to the Women, Water and Wells exhibition, organized at UNESCO-IHE in Delft, the Netherlands, in collaboration with the Fowler Museum of the University of California, Los Angeles.

In the past two years the exhibit was mounted at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, the United States Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, Austria, UNESCO-IHE in Delft, the Netherlands and the University of Dundee in Scotland before returning to the Fowler museum.

Raising awareness about a number of relevant development issues, assisting in raising funds for fellowships, participating in UNESCO-IHE events, and visiting projects in the field, are among the tasks of those who have been invited to serve as Cultural Ambassadors. The appointment is a two-year commitment and can be subject to renewal.

For more information on Gil Garcetti’s work, please see: www.garcetti.com

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