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UN Chief Says Malala To Be UN Messenger Of Peace

Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (left) and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, speak in a classroom in Rwanda.

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, will soon become the youngest United Nations Messenger of Peace, the UN chief has said.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on April 8 he will appoint Malala, 19, to the highest honor bestowed by the UN on a global citizen on April 10.

Malala rose to international fame after being shot in the head on her school bus in Pakistan in 2012 by a Taliban gunman because she campaigned for the education of girls.

Malala was severely wounded, but survived after receiving medical treatment in Britain, where she now lives and goes to school.

In the years since, she has traveled the world promoting girls education as a solution to violence like that promoted by the militant Islamic group. Her efforts earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

"Even in the face of grave danger, Malala Yousafzai has shown an unwavering commitment to the rights of women, girls, and all people," Guterres said.

"Her courageous activism for girls education has already energized so many people around the world. Now as our youngest-ever UN messenger of peace, Malala can do even more to help create a more just and peaceful world," he said.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters