April 11 (UPI) -- The United Nations announced Monday that it designated Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai a U.N. messenger of peace.
The designation is bestowed on those in public life who help focus worldwide attention on the work of the United Nations. It is the highest honor the U.N. secretary-general can bestow on an individual. Others designated messengers of peace include Princess Haya of Jordan, orchestra conductor Daniel Barenboim and anthropologist Jane Goodall.
Known globally by her first name, Malala, 19, was the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, given in 2014 for her dedication to girls' education worldwide.
In presenting Yousafzai with the designation at U.N. headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, a former physics professor, referred to her as "the most famous student in the world." He noted that she had been "going to the most difficult places, where education has more problems in becoming a reality. You have visited several refugee camps. You have two schools of your foundation in Lebanon, in the Beka'a Valley, where so many refugees are. I have spent 10 years of my life dealing with refugees, so you can imagine how happy I am to be able to confer to you the important responsibility of being a messenger of peace."