Didier Drogba is a former captain and all-time top scorer of the Côte d'Ivoire national football team. Born in 1978, he was voted best all time Chelsea player by Chelsea fans and now plays with Canadian club Montreal Impact. He became UNDP Goodwill Ambassador on 24 January 2007 and has appeared in numerous media to raise awareness of development challenges in Africa and calling for support to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
“UNDP works around the world making a positive difference in people’s lives, and I am proud to add my personal commitment to its work,” said Drogba at the time of his appointment.
Drogba has previously collaborated with several charities and organizations and has long been active in mobilizing support for the eradication of poverty. He has also participated in several anti-malaria and HIV/AIDS campaigns, highlighting implications for human rights and women's empowerment.
In 2010, Drogba featured in a campaign to call attention to how democratic and transparent elections around the world could be an important tool for lifting countries out of poverty. Also in 2010, Drogba launched "Kick out Poverty" with Zinédine Zidane, a TV spot appealing for the world to live up to the challenge and join the team that will beat poverty.
Drogba teamed up against poverty in a UNDP advertisement to garner support for achieving the eight MDGs in Africa. World-renowned photographer John Rankin photographed the football star for this series of pro bono advertisements. The advertisement was linked to the celebration of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, in light of the fact that it was the first time that Africa was hosting one of the greatest international sporting events.
Drogba also participated in TV spots on cluster munitions and armed violence addressed to governments and to the general public that were launched at the opening sessions of Ministerial Summits on Armed Violence and regional Conferences on Cluster Munitions.
Didier Drogba has appeared a number of times in the annual UNDP Match Against Poverty, with Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane. He plays an active role in his country’s reconstruction process.