Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim was named a United Nations peace envoy.
Barenboim joins a Jordanian princess, a Brazilian writer and a Japanese-American violinist as Messengers of Peace, a post in which he will promote peace around the world, The Associated Press reported. The foursome were to be honored Friday in a ceremony marking the International Day of Peace.
A world-renowned conductor and pianist, Barenboim co-founded an orchestra bringing together young Israeli and Arab musicians. He recently initiated a music education project in the Palestinian territories.