Misako Konno

Misako Konno delivers a messages to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.

Misako Konno was appointed as a UNDP's Goodwill Ambassador in October 1998. Since becoming the Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Konno paid official visits to Cambodia (May 1999 and August 2007), Palestine (July 2000), Bhutan (June 2001), Ghana (August 2003), Timor-Leste (July 2004), Viet Nam (August 2005), Mongolia (August 2006), Tanzania (August 2008) and Pakistan (July 2010) to promote UNDP’s activities locally as well as globally. She always interacted with local people and encouraged their work to have a better life. Her visits also motivated UNDP staff and stakeholders who had chances to promote their good works through media.


In addition to official visits to country offices, Misako delivered over 20 public lectures at schools and events and advocated the importance of international cooperation in Japan. She encourages initiatives taken by ordinary citizens and motivates the youth to study and take actions to solve development challenges in the world. In commemoration of her tenth anniversary as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, Misako published an essay book “La La La Shinzentaishi (Goodwill Ambassador)”. She is the longest-serving UNDP goodwill ambassador.


Misako Konno is an acclaimed actress and essayist from Tokyo, Japan. Having made her debut as an actress in the 1979, Misako has appeared in various television programs, movies and stage productions. She started to engage in volunteer activities in her youth and was sent to Nepal and India as a Japanese ODA reporter in the summer of 1997. She has also supported a range of activities at the grass-roots level. Besides acting, Misako also wrote essays and received the Japan Writer's Prize in Women's Literary Category on her science essay "Sora Tobu Hotate" (English title: “The Flying Scallop”). In October 2010, she established a reading theater, “Roudoku-za” where she offers reading-style entertainment in collaboration with various artists.

Video: Misako Konno visits Pakistan

Ms. Misako Konno - UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, well-known Japanese actress, TV personality and essayist - visited Pakistan from 20th to 24th July 2010.

Misako Konno visits Pakistan
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  • UNDP Goodwill Ambassador (GWA) Ms. Misako Konno
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