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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Jimmy Engineer, Goodwill Ambassador of Pakistan

A Goodwill Visit

By Muhammad Zahid Rifat, Commentary article from the Daily Times

Besides official delegations which visit foreign countries from time to time to promote bilateral relations, cooperation and trade, prominent figures from different fields can and are doing quite appreciable work to promote and highlight the positive, soft, moderate and forward looking image of Pakistan and its peace loving people before the world. This is what world renowned Pakistani artist, social crusader, peace activist and philanthropist Jimmy Engineer has been doing quite actively, sincerely and successfully for some time.

Jimmy Engineer, who regards himself as unofficial goodwill ambassador of Pakistan, recently completed his month long goodwill visit to Canada. During the visit, Jimmy Engineer participated in a number of well-attended functions and events in Mississauga (Ontario), Toronto and Ottawa.

Jimmy Engineer attended a function in Toronto titled 'Artists for World Peace' which was organised by the Universal Peace Federation and the Women's Federation for World Peace, at which he along with two other people was conferred with a certificate as The Ambassador for Peace.

During his frequent goodwill tours to foreign countries, his work was selected and showcased at The Mall, Erin Mills Town Centre in Mississauga Ontario.

On the opening day of the week long painting exhibition, Jimmy Engineer talked about life; illustrating his thoughts and motivation behind his paintings. He also answered questions from the audience which included a large number of people from the Pakistani community as well as local artists, art lovers and diplomats.

He told the appreciative and responsive audience that the sole purpose behind different countries frequently displaying his creative art work is to tell the world at large that Pakistan has great people and great artists. He said displaying his art in foreign countries indeed carries a message, as a lot of people do not know much about Pakistan and this is the best way to highlight the positive side of Pakistan.

Jimmy Engineer said he wears four hats, as a social worker, an artist, a human rights worker and a peace activist.

Prominent figures who were present at the inauguration of the exhibition included Senator Salma Attaullah Jan, MP Iqra Khalid, MP Khalid Rasheed, Consul General of Turkey in Canada Erdeniz, President Flato Developments Inc Shakir Rehmatullah, President Canada — Pakistan Business Council Samir Dossal, Founder and Chief Executive officer of Mindshare Workspace Mississauga Robert Martellacci, President of Ontario Zoroastrian Neville Patrawala and Consul General of Pakistan, and Imran Siddique among many others.

By and large, the visiting world renowned artist, social crusader and philanthropist Jimmy Engineer, has dedicated his life to social causes; his paintings were highly appreciated not only in Pakistan but also all over the world. Through his arthe spreads the message of peace and harmony and promotes a soft and a positive image of Pakistan and its people, each of his paintings duly highlights the different aspects of the lives of the people, their struggle and achievements.

Over the last four decades, Jimmy Engineer has created more than 3000 paintings, 1000 calligraphies and 1500 drawings which are in museums and private collections in more than 60 countries including Italy, France, Denmark, Switzerland, Russia, India, China, Yugoslavia, Japan, Australia, Canada, Britain, Korea, Sri Lanka, Germany, Singapore, Sweden, Belgium, Abu Dhabi , Dubai (UAE), Austria, Spain, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Kenya, Turkey, USA and of course Pakistan. Many of his paintings have remained undocumented as he has been giving countless of these away to charities to raise money for good causes.

As a social crusader, to his credit he continues to spread awareness about food programmes intellectually and developmentally disabled by entertaining them in posh hotels and restaurants and other places of entertainment in Karachi, Lahore and also in Sri Lanka. To raise awareness he has taken almost 100 solo walks for myriad of issues, mainly relating to disadvantaged children, widows and orphans as well as to the hardships and the endemic health problems they continue to endure.

Jimmy Engineer was duly covered and appreciated by the Canadian press and TV as well.

Jimmy Engineer attended a function in Toronto titled ‘Artists for World Peace’ which was organized by the Universal Peace Federation and the Women’s Federation for World Peace, at which he along with two other people was conferred with certificate as The Ambassador for Peace, in appreciation and acknowledgement of his service and contributions as a peace activist. He also addressed the gathering on the occasion and also answered questions from the guests present. Both the Universal Peace Federation and Women’s Federation for World Peace enjoy consultative status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations.

The Canada-Pakistan Business Council has also acquired two wonderful works of art of Jimmy Engineer which are part of his ‘Peace Series’ for the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum. The paintings have been selected by Museum Curator Deepali Dewan.

Jimmy Engineer embodies national integration. He was born to a Parsi family in Loralai, Balochistan, had his education in Lahore and is settled in Karachi, since he became a professional and is perhaps the most well travelled Pakistani artist with international art exhibitions in a number of countries around the globe.

The writer is Lahore-based Freelance Journalist, Columnist and Retired Deputy Controller (News) Radio Pakistan, Islamabad and can be reached at

Monday, March 20, 2017

Become a Local Goodwill Ambassador

Start Local, Represent a Community

As a goodwill ambassador and having worked at both local and international levels for over 15 years I am frequently contacted by people that are interested in joining us and becoming goodwill ambassadors. I always tell people to try to find local recognition before contacting us to get involved in international missions or international cooperation. The best way to do this is by becoming a representative in your own community for a cause or to represent local tourism or a local city (neighborhood) beautification project.

Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Isatu Timbo Speaks At The Way To Happiness International Convention In Los Angeles

Become a goodwill ambassador in your local community to gain recognition, serve as a figurehead for a business, a community organization, a town, a university, or a city. This report from Inside Jobs based on US Department of Labor statistics explains the employment outlook for goodwill ambassadors and I provided some links at the end for those interested in pursuing it further.

How to become a Goodwill Ambassador

Most Goodwill Ambassadors have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field.

Quick Stats

Salary Range: $17,000 – $44,000 Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Goodwill Ambassadors do?

A Goodwill Ambassador is a prominent individual in their community or profession who serves as an honorary Diplomat between entities, like organizations, cities, and nations. If you pride yourself on being a good friend, you might have a future as a Goodwill Ambassador.

Common examples of Goodwill Ambassadors are Actors, Scientists, Authors, and Activists who go on “international friendship missions” to foreign countries, where they present gifts, offer humanitarian relief, and socialize with their contemporaries and counterparts. Like these people, it’s your job as a Goodwill Ambassador to represent one group of people to another for the purpose of building friendly relationships that will be economically, culturally, socially, or politically beneficial in the future.

To accomplish your mission, you typically travel, attend social functions, participate in roundtable discussions, make public appearances, do media interviews, and lobby Legislators.

Although most Goodwill Ambassadors do humanitarian work for organizations like the United Nations, some act as “welcome wagons,” representing businesses to prospects. In this case, it’s your job to find and ingratiate yourself with sales leads by presenting them with token gifts, information, resources, etc. Either way, your job is “making nice” as a means of promoting peace, prosperity, and fellowship.

Should I be a Goodwill Ambassador?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:

  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Social: You're happiest working on teams or with other people.

  • Also known at local levels among other locals as: Welcome-Wagon Host/Hostess

    Source: InsideJobs; Goodwill Ambassador

    Other useful links to learn about becoming a goodwill ambassador.

    Wikipedia article about Goodwill Ambassadors (also see the links there for the UN)
    Join the discussion on Quora about Goodwill Ambassadors
    Qualifications for United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors (The Nest)

    Readers are also encouraged to check for the several articles about becoming an ambassador on our blog! Our best two are: What Goodwill Ambassadors do? and What is Goodwill?

    International Ambassadorships (Updated October 2018)

    Update Notice: Globcal International is an international civil society organization (iCSO) promoting global citizenship, indigenous peoples, international cooperation and sustainable development for the United Nations under our stakeholdership, as of October 2018 we updated our legal requirements and procedures for new and continuing members who wish to serve as goodwill ambassadors at a professional level in benign non-state and non-governmental diplomatic affairs with international communities and corporations under the formal protocol of United Nations and best practices emulated by some of the most well known international authorities.

    Globcal International began a diplomatic corps training and development program which has become standard fare for all natural persons working with global issues internationally with states abroad. The program is recognized by the United Nations internationally as a partner with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as a UNESCO partner and is collaborating with several organizations internationally.
    "The formal process for the legal development of our own goodwill ambassadors is proprietary and exclusively for our own members. It is a process that involves investiture, nomination, orientation, assimilation and presentation to world leaders and international public figures resulting in letters patent and/or a letter of credence. Ambassadors are also developed through the building of their authority through notable institutions, recognitions, homologation and apostilles of documents."
    New ambassadors are qualified and assimilated individually during the course of their first full year following their investiture as a lifetime member with an appointment as a goodwill ambassador at-large under full diplomatic authority while engaged in their vocation or mission. Once fully engaged ambassadors can be recommended and nominated to international orders, to heads of state for honors, pursue knighthood, be recognized by enclave nations and states, and receive a PhD equivalency in the form of Honoris Causa.

    The processes can be costly, each vetting procedure may involve several FedEx packages, an attorney, several notaries and a personal visit to one of our 3000 partner centers in 120 countries before an ambassador can legally become recognized. Those joining must be able to provide documentation of a good deed for which they can be cited; recently or over the past 10 years. (Most classic deed would be rescuing a cat from a tree or another deed and then getting your photo in your local news or tv.)

    New applicants should also have a diploma or an equivalency certificate from high school and be at least 25 years of age or older; OR may be bilingual and have a university degree. All new applicants must show a valid passport, a birth certificate and a well elaborated CV. Current membership programs are described at the Globcal International; our exclusive development program is developed to form both local and global representative ambassadors, generally most ambassadors will be qualified to serve and work locally within their own state of residence prior to working internationally.

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

    Inspiring Goodwill with Poetry

    Whatever Happened to The Goodwill Ambassador?

    Paul Amrod

    Whatever happened to the goodwill ambassador? 

    A poem by Paul Amrod

    Witnessing the selfish routine of lobbyists and a money mechanism
    becoming cynically the normal affair of our passing hours.

    Greeting a neighbor with a 'Good Morning' and a pleasant wish
    has vanished with the dawn demonstrating a hideous pessimism.

    Allocating the atrocities which somehow our sympathies devour.

    The political conscious is contorted around shortsighted principles
    contributing to a prognosis of supposed terror playing with gullibility.

    I ask myself many provocative questions concerning seriousness
    of intention with open-ended book shelves of fairytale like scribble.

    Trying to capitalize upon the weakness of others in their deliriousness,
    overly excited aggravating their stress, while destroying tranquility.

    The boisterous message of alleged superiority exhibits narcissism
    with an inkling of conceit compelling avoidance and dismisses
    ingenuity while enlivening resistance over absurd acquittals.

    May I inquire; Whatever happened to the goodwill ambassador?

    The ignorance of a military cooperate complex has perplexed
    the intellectual environment in search for the left of middle.

    Attempting to impress the youth with false promises the collectivism
    is appalled with a continuous barrage of invalid and corrupted fixes.

    Better to relax beneath a linden tree whistling with birdsong outdoors
    and taking a pen to a page envisioning a princess with a troubadour.

    Engendering a paradise of dreamlike passages composing a riddle
    tickling our imaginations with pleasurable moments so gently expressed.

    Nevertheless our aspirations are daunted and our direction is statically
    inactive arousing the frustration of a meandering directionlessness.

    Intentionally ignoring the media's spin as their irrational euphemism
    is exposed as utter gibberish and nonsense exposing senselessness.

    Saving acclamations for a fortuitous occasion can't keep us abreast
    of the defiance necessary to counter the streams of grotesque fish
    that swim through our legs as we venture courageously against the current.

    I ask again; Whatever happened to the goodwill ambassador?

    He travelled the world with his mission of cooperation and neutrality
    giving of his substance to clarify our deliverance and impartiality.

    We were given the power of deduction with the capability of verbal deterrents
    to bless our surroundings with examples of his statements assessed.

    Showering us with admiration and inspiration presenting his altruism
    to reconcile our tribulations and heal our jealousy forevermore.

    With insight into the mediation of all philosophies he adores
    a genuine and authentic resolve of spiritual abundance and veracity.

    Reminding us as well of our groves and gardens galore
    there to flourish in Nature and transport us organically.

    We are a being, the precious component of this Earth's entirety,
    gifted with shrewdness and the curator of our terrestrial d├ęcor.

    We possess a sanctified position under the universe's Godly city
    to protect the perfect balance of our sequence as heaven's servant.

    Petitioning once more; Whatever happened to our goodwill ambassador?

    We send a lamentation to our archangels above to implore
    a betterment of our situation at hand as we whine for it is a pity.

    Selfishness and greed perpetrate the world as we slay the serpent
    with a cooing murmur of poesy melting the cold heart we deplore.

    As the goodwill grows with significance we salvage our sanity
    with one last breath of hopefulness as patience warrants our success.

    Poem by Paul Amrod

    Restyled format for Globcal International News

    Sunday, July 10, 2016

    Danny Glover Denounces Racism as Afrophobia

    Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover calls out racism, Afrophobia in the Americas

    Danny Glover attends the Special Meeting of the
    General Assembly. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

    30 June 2016 – The international community must increase its commitment to fighting Afrophobia and discrimination against people of African descent, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador and actor Danny Glover has said, speaking during the International Decade for People of African Descent.

    In a recently released message, Mr. Glover, who advocates on behalf of the estimated 200 million people of African descent living in North and South America, urged national and multilateral partners in the Americas to ensure that policies work with and in support of this often marginalized group.

    “The three UN themes – respect, justice, development – must be utilized as an interrelated guide,” Mr. Glover said, adding that the successes of the Afro-descendent populations help to guarantee successes of the entire society.

    In an interview with the UN News Centre, Mr. Glover, an African-American whose grandparents were born in the 1890s in the southern United States city of Louisville, Georgia, spoke personally about race and the segregation of the United States.

    “One of the moral underpinnings of my childhood was that my mother would always say that she was eternally grateful for her mother and father because she didn’t pick cotton in September, she went to school in September,” he said, a decision that allowed her to graduate from college in 1942.

    These familial experiences are what anchor Mr. Glover, who growing up in San Francisco, California, did not attend a segregated school, in his work on behalf of the UN and the International Decade for People of African Descent which runs through 2024.

    “I would hope that there would be a place within this period for specific projects,” he said. Listen below to the types of political projects for which Mr. Glover is advocating.

    Today, there are at least 40 million people in the United States alone who identify themselves as being of African descent, and many of them are among the poorest socio-economic groups, according to the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that people of African descent are “among those most affected by racism. Too often, they face denial of basic rights such as access to quality health services and education.”
    The promotion and protection of human rights of people of African descent has been a priority concern for the UN. The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, agreed to at the 2001 World Conference, acknowledged that people of African descent were victims of slavery, the slave trade and colonialism, and continue to be victims of their consequences.

    “Wherever we are, whether we’re in Brazil or Colombia or Ecuador, we are decedents of the transatlantic slave trade,” Mr. Glover said. “Whether we’re in the Caribbean or here [the United States] or Canada, we can trace our identity to that moment in human history when essentially we became the capital of the new system that came into existence.”

    Listen to Mr. Glover speak more about the shared experience between people of African descent in the clip below.

    The International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by the General Assembly in resolution 68/237, provides a framework for the UN, Member States, civil society and all other relevant actors to join together with people of African descent and take effective measures for the implementation of the programme of activities in the spirit of recognition, justice and development.

    In addition, the Decade is meant to underline the important contribution made by people of African descent to international societies, promote their full inclusion, and combat racism, radical discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

    Mr. Glover said the timing of the Decade is particularly important given the ongoing events in his home country of the United States.

    “[At] this time in history, you not only have to say more but do more,” he said. “We have an opportunity as we talk about all the things happening internally in the United States, as we begin to look at the present industrial complexity in the United States, the justice system of the United States, the lack of youth employment, violence against young black men and black women, all those things resonate here are a microcosm of what is happening in the rest of the world.”

    Republished from News Source: UN News, Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover calls out racism, Afrophobia in the Americas.

    Friday, August 14, 2009

    Goodwill Ambassador as defined in Wikipedia

    Ambassador Angelina Jolie in the field.
    A volunteer editor at Wikipedia had extended the Goodwill Ambassador article there, here is the article please feel free to cite it in your work, this copy was provided yesterday by the original editor, she asked us to post it because Wikipedia is always subject to change.

    Goodwill Ambassador from Wikipedia, August 14, 2009

    Goodwill ambassador is a collective term sometimes used as a substitute honorific title or a title of honor for an Ambassador of Goodwill; but most appropriately for a generic recognition it is job position or description that is usually indicated following the name of the individual recognized in the position. Goodwill ambassadors generally deliver goodwill or promote ideals from one entity to another or a population.

    A goodwill ambassador may be an individual from a single country who resides or travels to another country in a diplomatic mission or international friendship mission, at a peer to peer level; that is, country to country, state to state, city to city, or as an intermediary representing the people at the other extreme or an organization.

    Goodwill Ambassadors have been an unofficial and official part of government and culture as long as diplomacy itself to exchange gifts and present humanitarian relief or development aid using well known celebrities, scientists, authors, known activists, and other high society figures. Goodwill missions of state are usually carried out or overseen by the head of state and does not necessarily involve diplomatic credentials outside of a letter of presentation or credence, however some states do issue credentials that include diplomatic immunity for their goodwill ambassadors such as Haiti.

    Many governmental, multilateral, nongovernmental, and nonprofit organizations utilize goodwill ambassadors to promote their programs and reach out to others with programs that are based on good relations that are usually secular and apolitical. Among the organizations that use goodwill ambassadors to deliver agendas include Sister Cities, the United Nations, organizations of the United Nations, the African Union, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Rotary International, and many others including the government of the United States of America as seen in August when former President Bill Clinton traveled to North Korea on a special goodwill mission.

    Alternate definition from Webster's

    Alternatively, Websters Online Dictionary presents a specialty definition for a goodwill ambassador as one that promotes goodwill and solicits trade for local business firms who are members of parent organization: Develops list of prospective clients from such sources as newspaper items, utility companies' records, and local merchants. Visits homes of new residents, prospective parents, recently married couples, engaged persons, and other prospects to explain and sell services available from local merchants. Usually presents token gifts or gift certificates to induce clients to use local services or purchase local merchandise. Prepares reports of services rendered and visits made for parent organization and member firms. May solicit new organization membership. May explain community services available. May organize clubs and plan parties for new residents.

    Collaborations welcome for future articles inquire to

    Angelina Jolie is a member of the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Corps, a collaborator at the Goodwill Embassy website and Goodwill Ambassadors of the World Facebook page serving as a social media spokesperson, she is also the most famous goodwill ambassador at this very moment and has brought the ideal back to the world. Beginning in October or early November our technology will permit cross platform interaction with Goodwill Ambassadors and World Leaders Coalition through Globcal International. To receive a reminder follow our blog here using Networked Blogs or follow us using Google.