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

Celebrities join push for action on the Millennium Development Goals

01 Sep 2010

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

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Tennis star Sharapova visits UNDP youth projects in Belarus

30 Jun 2010

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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Football legend Marta, in Sierra Leone, calls for more women decision-makers

06 Sep 2011

Freetown — Five-time FIFA player of the year, Marta Vieira Da Silva, in Sierra Leone Sunday, threw her support behind efforts to involve more women in decision-making positions. During her two-day visit to the West African nation, the football star and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nationsmore

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With completion of peace process, a new chapter for Nepal, says UNDP Chief

25 Nov 2011

Kathmandu - UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Goodwill Ambassador Crown Prince Haakon of Norway wrapped up their joint official four day visit to Nepal yesterday with optimistic words for the next phase of that country’s development after years of conflict. “We live in hope and expectation that Nemore

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Micro businesses lift rural Nepalese out of poverty

22 Nov 2011

Nepalgunj - Stalls at a fair in Nepal bulged with traditional textiles, art, spices, jewelry, bamboo furniture and food.  The proud owners of these businesses are supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which has helped to build up micro businesses in rural areas like Nepamore

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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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