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

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Documentary film festival on Millennium Development Goals begins

30 May 2013

Brussels – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the MDG Achievement Fund and the wider UN family in Brussels are proud partners of the fifth edition of the Millennium International Documentary Film Festival, taking place from 31 May to 9 June in Brussels, Belgium. The UN, together with more

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Antonio Banderas launches appeal to End Violence Against Women

07 Mar 2013

Violence against women is unacceptable and must stop now, says the well-known actor Geneva — Film star and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas today launched a global video appeal to end violence against women in recognition of International Women’s Day. more

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Ronaldo, Zidane star in Match Against Poverty

18 Dec 2012

A constellation of some 45 global football stars will join on December 19 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to play in the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) 10th Match Against Poverty. The friendly football match has been organized to raise awareness of global development challenges and funmore

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Crown Prince Haakon completes Botswana trip

17 Nov 2009

UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Crown Prince Haakon of Norway has completed a three-day visit of Botswana where he met with officials, addressed students on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and visited a biodiversity project. Crown Prince Haakon met the Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairmore

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UNDP Ambassador Named One of World’s Most Influential People

05 May 2010

Geneva, 5 May 2010 - UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Didier Drogba has been named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine. TIME announced its annual list of the world’s most influential people on 29 April: The Time 100.  Drogba is in good company, sharing the list with more

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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