World Health Organization appoints Renée Fleming Goodwill Ambassador for Arts and Health

26 May 2023

On May 23, 2023, the World Health Organization announced the appointment of Renée Fleming and Pretty Yende as Goodwill Ambassadors for Arts and Health. The news was part of WHO’s 75th Anniversary commemoration during the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

Ms Fleming said: “I am elated that the preeminent global health agency is recognizing the powerful impact of the arts in health, and I am deeply honoured to be entrusted to share this message. Every day, advances in neuroscience and clinical research reveal more about the benefits of arts therapies, experiences, and education, with implications for well-being throughout the human life span. We have only just begun to realize the amazing potential of this work, and I look forward to expanding awareness and access as a WHO Goodwill Ambassador.”

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said, “WHO is honoured to have Renée Fleming and Pretty Yende join as Goodwill Ambassadors for Arts and Health. Their unparalleled talent, dedication to the arts, and commitment to advancing health and well-being make them ideal ambassadors for this important cause. Their involvement will inspire individuals, communities and policy-makers to recognize and harness the transformative power of the arts in the pursuit of better health for all.”

Fleming brings a wealth of expertise to her new role. She has captivated audiences worldwide with her luminous soprano voice and compelling artistry. Beyond her remarkable vocal talent, Fleming has been a fervent advocate for research at the intersection of the arts and health. Her presentations worldwide with scientists and practitioners, her leading role in major initiatives, and her association with WHO demonstrate her commitment to harnessing the transformative power of the arts to better society.

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Main image: Renée Fleming with WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus / courtesy of WHO; Inset photo: Renée singing in Geneva in April, for a special concert dedicated to WHO’s 75th anniversary.
Photo © WHO / Antoine Tardy