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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11th Match Against Poverty to kick off in Switzerland

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


Iker Casillas encourages youth in Uzbekistan to volunteer

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


Documentary film festival on Millennium Development Goals begins

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


Antonio Banderas launches appeal to End Violence Against Women

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


Ronaldo, Zidane star in Match Against Poverty

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

Videos: Match Against Poverty 2014

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