Sir Peter's daughter Pavla Ustinov and son Igor Ustinov, with Igor's daughter Clara, at the close of the UNICEF Executive Board tribute to GWA Ustinov.
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Sir Peter Ustinov (1921-2004)
On Monday, 7 June 2004, UNICEF paid tribute to the life of Sir Peter Ustinov at the UNICEF Executive Board meeting, held at the United Nations, New York. Sir Peter, the longest-serving Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, was honoured for his extraordinary and dedicated work with UNICEF.
In attendance were UNICEF Executive Board members, National Committee staff, representatives from UN missions, senior UN and UNICEF officials and other guests. Sir Peter’s son Igor, daughter Pavla and his granddaughter Clara were also present.
The evening included readings, testimonials and musical performances. The speakers were Carol Bellamy, UNICEF Executive Director and Ambassador Lebohang K. Moleko, Chairperson of the UNICEF Executive Board.
Ms. Bellamy read messages from Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow who recounted the time when she and Sir Peter worked together on the movie “Death on the Nile” and how he regaled the movie actors and crew with arias from Puccini. Two young musicians, Hayley Westenra, singer, rising star and UNICEF National Ambassador for New Zealand, and Elizabeth Woo, a violinist who recently debuted at Carnegie Hall, filled the UN Conference room with their beautiful music. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte sent a video message with words of praise and admiration for Sir Peter.
The tribute ended with a video, “Sir Peter – In His Own Words” – a selection of clips from his visits to developing countries and statements about his work with UNICEF.
“A rather cynical journalist said, quoting some ancient German proverb, ‘Don’t you think all you’re doing is like a raindrop on a hot stone?’ ‘No, it’s like a raindrop in the ocean, it doesn’t get lost.’”
-- Sir Peter Ustinov, interview about his work with UNICEF