Goodwill Ambassadors

 Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo at UNDP's Match Against Poverty
Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo at UNDP's Match Against Poverty

They are at the top of their field, whether it's broadcasting, the literary world or the football stadium, with talents and achievements that have made them household names in their own, and in some cases, in many other countries. Despite their diverse claims to fame, however, they all share a deep concern for the world's poor and a commitment to making the planet a better place for all, ridding it of poverty, combating HIV/AIDS, ensuring environmental sustainability, protecting human rights, and empowering women.

UNDP, along with other UN agencies, has long enlisted the voluntary services and support of prominent individuals as Goodwill Ambassadors to highlight these causes. Their fame helps amplify the urgent and universal message of human development and international cooperation, helping to accelerate achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

They articulate the UNDP development philosophy and programmes of self-reliant opportunities and motivate people to act in the interest of improving their own lives and those of their fellow citizens.

They give their time freely to help UNDP in its challenging mission, and travel often to developing countries for first-hand observation so that they can bring the human development message to the industrialized world.

Latest news

  • Actor and UNDP Ambassador Michelle Yeoh returned to Nepal to advocate for disaster preparedness, resilience and the Global Goals Jul 1, 2016Actor and UNDP Ambassador Michelle Yeoh returned to Nepal to advocate for disaster preparedness, resilience and the Global GoalsAward-winning global movie star and Nepal earthquake survivor Michelle Yeoh travelled back to Kathmandu last week as a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador. She visited the capital and surrounding villages and exchanged stories with fellow survivors of overcoming fear and loss and gaining strength and hope.

  • Film star Michelle Yeoh kicks off UNDP’s panda cub-naming competition to promote Global Goals May 31, 2016Film star Michelle Yeoh kicks off UNDP’s panda cub-naming competition to promote Global GoalsAward-winning global movie star and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh has teamed up with UNDP’s first-ever Animal Ambassadors, two panda cubs, to kick off the Pandas for the Global Goals campaign. The highlight of the initiative is a worldwide competition with a once-in-a-lifetime prize: the opportunity to name the two rare baby pandas.

  • Why I can't turn a blind eyeMar 21, 2016Why I can't turn a blind eyeWhen UNDP asked me to become a Goodwill Ambassador, the timing was just right. Globally, the world had just adopted the new Sustainable Development Goals. But it was also perfect timing on a personal level. I was visiting Nepal last spring when a powerful earthquake created some of the worst devastation the country has seen since the 1930s. While I had seen the devastating after-effects of disasters and humanitarian crises from the safe distance of a television screen, I hadn’t experienced such devastation and terror first hand.

  • United Nations Development Programme appoints acclaimed actor Michelle Yeoh as Goodwill AmbassadorMar 15, 2016United Nations Development Programme appoints acclaimed actor Michelle Yeoh as Goodwill AmbassadorNew York - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today appointed award-winning action heroine Michelle Yeoh as its newest Goodwill Ambassador. The Malaysian-born actress will focus on raising awareness and mobilizing support for the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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  • UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Didier Drogba supports the #GlobalGoals
  • UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Didier Drogba supports the #GlobalGoals
  • UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Didier Drogba supports the #GlobalGoals
  • UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Didier Drogba supports the #GlobalGoals
  • Actress Connie Britton's Appointment as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
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