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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Football unites international community in campaign to end violence against women

New York - Top officials, staff and ambassadors to the United Nations took time out during the UN General Assembly today to play a friendly football match against a team assembled by the President of Bolivia Evo Morales. Both teams united to end violence against women in support of the Secretary Gemore


Crown Prince Haakon completes Botswana trip

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


UNDP Ambassador Named One of World’s Most Influential People

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

Celebrities join push for action on the Millennium Development Goals

United Nations– UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors actor Antonio Banderas, tennis player Maria Sharapova  and footballers  Didier Drogba, Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane,  are among a group of celebrities who, from today, will be using their social media networks to support the United Nations pushmore


Tennis star Sharapova visits UNDP youth projects in Belarus

Gomel, Belarus 30 June - Tennis champion Maria Sharapova arrived here today to visit children living in areas affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster and to see for herself the work of a number of UNDP youth-focused projects that her Foundation has helped fund. As soon as she landed, Sharapomore

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