Opera singer Placido Domingo has been appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador.

The Spanish star will be in Paris, France on Wednesday (21Nov12) to attend a special ceremony to officially mark his appointment.

The tenor was selected for the prestigious title in honour of "his dedication to the values and ideals of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco)".

Domingo joins jazz icon Herbie Hancock and Hollywood actor Forest Whitaker among the current ambassadors for Unesco.