Didier Drogba is the 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 Galatasaray (Istanbul), in the Turkish league. He became UNDP Goodwill Ambassador on 24 January 2007 and appeared in numerous media for raising awareness of Africa’s challenges 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 HIV/AIDS and anti-malaria campaigns and its 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 some of the world’s poorest 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 UNDP 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 is the first time that Africa is 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 which were launched at the opening sessions of Ministerial Summits on Armed Violence and regional Conferences on Cluster Munitions and he is playing an active part in his country’s reconstruction process.
Didier Drogba also participated in the 9th edition of the UNDP annual Match Against Poverty in Hamburg in 2011, with Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane.
Nov. 2011: Didier Drogba speaks out on armed violence and development