Dr. h.c. Ute-Henriette Ohoven is a UNESCO Special Ambassador, Honorary President of the ZNS - Hannelore Kohl Foundation (President until 2011) and Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Senegal. She has received many international accolades for her commitment to social work and is herself a mother of four children. She has been volunteering since 1985: four years for the Children's Cancer Clinic in Düsseldorf, ten years for the Education for Children in Need program and since 2002 for the YOU Foundation.
"Education is the key to conquering poverty and the best way to create peace"
For ever 30 year, Ute Ohoven has been committed to helping humanitarian causes.
Commitment to the treatment of children with cancer at the Universitätsklinikum in Düsseldorf. Helped establish the first bone marrow donor registry in Germany.
Named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. Her work takes on an international dimension.
Named as sole Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO’s Education for Children in Need program. Following her naming as Goodwill Ambassador by the former UNESCO General Director, Prof. Federico Mayor, she commits fully to this program and to education for children in need worldwide.
Begins her tenure as President of the ZNS – Hannelore Kohl Foundation. Based on the invitation of former Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl, she becomes President of the ZNS – Hannelore Kohl Foundation. This foundation is dedicated to helping victims of central nervous system injuries and their families. In Germany, over 270,000 people each year experience serious injury to their central nervous systems through tragic accidents and must live with the difficult consequences of these injuries. Also in this function, Ute Ohoven increasingly gears her focus towards helping younger accident victims especially through stronger measures of accident prevention.
In order to honor her humanitarian and social work, Ute Ohoven has been welcomed into the private audiences of Pope Johannes Paul II, Pope Benedikt XVI, Mother Teresa and His Holiness Dalai Lama.
Ute Ohoven has received the following awards: