Thursday, 8 October 2015

Who is an Ambassador for the perplexed?

It has come to our attention that some alleged NGO's affiliated to the UN are giving out titles like Ambassador or goodwill ambassadors.
We see them on social networks like LinkedIn and Facebook and more…
What worries us is that many persons don’t doubt a person stating that he's an Ambassador of some sort. What's worse is that the ones who do this in most cases don’t realise that they could be accused of impersonating an official of his or her nation or UN, all the same it's still a criminal offense.

We at SDR actively work against fraud and the fraudulent issuing of diplomatic titles. The simple reason for this is that many people have had a lengthy schooling for this honour and after a long career, become an Ambassador for his or her nation.
To be an ambassador is as much of a skilled profession as any other skilled trade. This gives us an idea of how dangerous it is to either take or give such a title due to this being against the law!
Yes dear reader there are laws prohibiting the use of false titles.

So who is an ambassador?

The normal Ambassador is with 90% certainty a person representing a nation officially and who has been accredit by his or her Ministry of Foreign affairs etc. In other words each nomination is public.
(There are also General Consuls and roving Ambassadors but they have to follow the same nomination requirements as given by each nation individually). 

The only other way to become an Ambassador is to become a 
accredited by a Nation to UN or EU.
One can also become a rare official UN goodwill ambassador (see list below). 
An NGO or Organisation cannot do this. Only member nations of the United Nations.
(Some international organisation have diplomatic status however they are not Ambassadors)
Anyone else claiming to be an Ambassador is most likely a fraudster and a criminal!

We have seen so called UN NGO´s writing that they are entitled to give out titles like giving people a Diplomatic status or re embassy status which is designated for practicing diplomats only.
Such NGOs act illegally and one can get charged using a false title to impersonate a State official which is a rather serious matter.

For now Inter-pol and other policing organisations have been all too slack on this matter but this is changing for the better as we are fighting a global war on terror!

In order to make it short here below is all the information needed to distinguish who is and who is not an Ambassador.
Most importantly remember that there are no legal secret Ambassador titles or legal NGO Ambassador titles no matter if they say they are appointed or associated with UN.

It's not very complicated, but in cases someone wishes to study the matter or study someone claiming to be an Ambassador of the UN or affiliates here below are the only ways of such legally possible.

Goodwill Ambassadors

UNESCO has Permanent Delegates heading the diplomatic missions to the organisation, rather than Permanent Representatives. However, there are also UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, such as many American celebrities who act as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador to a particular nation. UNHCR has similar UNHCR Goodwill Ambassadors.

A UN Permanent Representative is sometimes called an Ambassador to the UN, or rarely, a UN Permanent Ambassador, to distinguish the position from being a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. However, again, the term "ambassador" is more commonly used to describe each of a nation's government officials who are assigned to handle foreign affairs.

United Nations Messengers of Peace/Goodwill Ambassadors are distinguished individuals, carefully selected from the fields of art, literature, science, entertainment, sports or other fields of public life, who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the United Nations. Backed by the highest honour bestowed by the Secretary-General on a global citizen, these prominent personalities volunteer their time, talent and passion to raise awareness of United Nations efforts to improve the lives of billions of people everywhere. 

The United Nations Secretary-General appoints Messengers of Peace. Goodwill Ambassadors, on the other hand, are designated by the heads of United Nations Funds, Programmes and specialized Agencies, e.g., UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and UNHCR. Goodwill Ambassadors are subsequently endorsed by the Secretary-General. 

Goodwill Ambassadors vs. Messengers of Peace:
Goodwill Ambassador programmes have been in place across the United Nations since 1953. 
They  are designated by the heads of United Nations funds, programmes and specialised agencies and are subsequently endorsed by the Secretary-General. Some agencies also use eminent personalities in other capacities, such as UNESCO, which has designated “Artists for Peace”.

List of UN Messengers of Peace:

Links & Files

The UN has enlisted the volunteer services and support of prominent personalities from the worlds of art, music, film, sport and literature to highlight key issues and to draw attention to its activities.
Over the years, many Olympians, World Champions, elite athletes and sports personalities have lent their name and time to support the UN family. Their mass appeal especially helps in motivating people to act in the interest of improving their own lives and those of their fellow citizens.
These individuals are given the title of Goodwill Ambassador, Messenger of Peace, Special Representative, Champion for Sport or other status depending on the UN entity who has appointed them.
A number of them – including tennis player Maria Sharapova and football players Didier Drogba, Ronaldo and ZinĂ©dine Zidane – are also championing the cause of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Using their celebrity status and social media networks, the MDG Champions support UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon in mobilizing global action on the Goals. For a complete list of MDG Champions, please click here.