U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres has designated Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai as u-n messenger of peace.
The 19-year-old student, who is preparing for her A-levels, will take the role with a special focus on girls' education.
She said while recovering from the Taliban attack, she realized that "extremists tried everything to stop me and the fact that they didn't is clear evidence that no one can stop me".
Accepting the accolade, Ms. Yousafzai underscored the importance of education, especially education of girls, for advancing communities and societies.
FILE - Malala Yousafzai holds flowers after speaking during a media conference at the Library of Birmingham, in Birmingham, England, Oct. 10, 2014, after she was named as victor of The Nobel Peace Prize. During a designation ceremony, UN Secretary-General António Guterres selected and honoured Yousafzai as the organisation's Messenger of Peace.
"I have second life for the goal of education and I'll continue working on this issue".
She now lives in Britain, where she received medical treatment after she was shot.
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Yousafzai has become a regular speaker on the global stage and visited refugee camps in Rwanda and Kenya last July to highlight the plight of refugee girls from Burundi and Somalia.
"I stood here on this stage nearly three-and-a-half years ago...and I told the world that education is a basic human right of every girl..."
Malala paid tribute to her father, who attended the ceremony, and said unlike many fathers he never stopped her. I pray that you will grow up strong, go to school and see peace in your country some day. The fund promotes 12 years of free, safe and quality education for girls worldwide. Girls often lack access to education because they have to work, care for younger siblings or are married early.
Malala Yousafzai at the United Nations.
Nineteen-year-old Yousafzai became the 13th Messenger of Peace, joining, among others, actor Michael Douglas, naturalist Jane Goodall, and Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan.
Yousafazi went on to say that brothers and fathers must also support women and girls in the global effort to ensure education for all and, more importantly, "be who they want to be". Today, I am proud to designate you the youngest ever United Nations Messenger of Peace, with a special focus on girls' education.
"It is a matter of great pride and prestige for us that Malala Yousafzai has brought these honors for our homeland", he told Deewa.