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

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 Nations more

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

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 Ne more

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Micro businesses lift rural Nepalese out of poverty

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 Nepa more

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Former fighters find hope through skills training in Nepal

Nepalgunj - Bimala Ramjali was only 14 years old when her sister brought her to join the Maoist fighters, a group of communist insurgents in Nepal’s decade-long war that claimed 13,000 lives.  Now 28, with a two-year-old daughter playing at her feet, she talks about her family and her new beaut more

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In a world of 7 billion, fight against poverty and inequality remains critical

As the world’s population reaches an estimated 7 billion by the end of October 2011, sustainable development and the struggle against poverty and inequality are key issues countries continue to face. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is partnering closely with the UN Population Fund’ more

Videos: Match Against Poverty 2014

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Photo gallery
  • UNDP Goodwill Ambassador HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway visits Livingstone Island in the Zambezi
  • UNDP Goodwill Ambassador HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway visits UNDP-supported Adaptation to Climate Change Project in Kazungula
  • Crown Prince of Norway- Visit to Haiti
  • Iker Casillas
  • Eighth Match Against Poverty to support Haiti and Pakistan
  • From Crisis to Development: Recovery and the Millennium Development Goals
  • Marta Vieira da Silva, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
  • Banderas
  • Maria Sharapove
  • Maria Sharapova

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