In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated Apr 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. This special day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics and jazz enthusiasts worldwide to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication. UNESCO and United Nations missions, US embassies and government outposts around the world hosted special events for the first annual International Jazz Day on Apr 30, 2012. More than one billion people around the world were reached through 2013 International Jazz Day programs and media coverage. Cosponsored by the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz.
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