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.

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40 players to join Ronaldo, Zidane and Drogba to support Ebola recovery efforts

17 Apr 2015

Geneva / St-Etienne 17 April 2015 – Football legends and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo, Zinédine Zidane and Didier Drogba will team up with other football stars for a match against an AS St-Etienne All Stars team to help boost Ebola recovery efforts at the more

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Didier Drogba to join Ronaldo and Zidane in 12th annual Match Against Poverty

10 Apr 2015

  Proceeds to support Ebola recovery efforts Geneva / St-Etienne – Football superstar and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has joined a star-studded array of international active and retired players for the 12th Annual Match Against Poverty which will take place on 20 April at the Geoffroy-Gumore

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Football legends Ronaldo, Zidane to play against ASSE All Stars to score for Ebola recovery

12 Feb 2015

12th Match against Poverty to take place in Saint-Etienne, France on Monday 20 April 2015 Geneva / St-Etienne – Football legends and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane will team up with other football greats for a match against an All-Star more

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11th Match Against Poverty to kick off in Switzerland

03 Mar 2014

Football legends and UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane are set to kick off  the 11th annual Match Against Poverty on March 4th at 8:00PM CET in STADE DE SUISSE National Stadium in Bern, Switzerland. Proceeds raised from the soccer Match will help UNDP’s recovery efforts in tmore

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Iker Casillas encourages youth in Uzbekistan to volunteer

05 Dec 2013

The 5th of December is the day when the world is celebrating International Volunteer Day. This year, the United Nations’ campaign to promote volunteerism in Uzbekistan is joined by no other than Iker Casillas, world renowned goalkeeper, captain of Real Madrid and the Spanish national football team amore

Videos: Match Against Poverty 2014

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Photo gallery
  • Actress Connie Britton's Appointment as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
  • SWITZERLAND SOCCER CHARITY MATCH
  • SWITZERLAND SOCCER CHARITY MATCH
  • SWITZERLAND SOCCER CHARITY MATCH
  • 11th Match Against Poverty
  • 11th Match Against Poverty
  • 11th Match Against Poverty
  • 11th Match Against Poverty
  • 11th Match Against Poverty
  • UNDP Goodwill Ambassador HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway visits Livingstone Island in the Zambezi

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