Goodwill Ambassadors

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. They all share 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 Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Antonio Banderas

    “Poverty robs us of our potential as a people, preventing us from being all that we can be. This is why it is so important to mobilize all of our efforts to defeat it.”- Antonio Banderas

  • Connie Britton

    "It's been particularly extraordinary to see the programs in Kenya and how they have improved and changed. I'm impressed by the number of women that I am seeing out there doing amazing things and who are in powerful positions." - Connie Britton.

  • Didier Drogba

    “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.” - Didier Drogba

  • His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

    “Human Development is key for moving the world forward, we need to be inspired by the people who have taken leadership and have shown us a way through which we can improve the living conditions for everyone.” - His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

  • Iker Casillas

    “Bringing attention to the poor conditions people are enduring around the world is essential to motivate action on the world’s pledges to improve their lives.” - Iker Casillas

  • Marta Vieira da Silva

    “I have been given opportunities to succeed in life, but I constantly think about the ones who did not have this chance. We all need to contribute to help defeat poverty.” - Marta Vierra da Silva

  • Michelle Yeoh

    "The empowerment of people comes from knowledge. And knowledge is our key platform. It’s very important that people understand the problem because then you can start creating solutions." - Michelle Yeoh

  • Misako Konno

    “Through my experience as Goodwill Ambassador, I realize the power young people have in building a better future. I am hoping to help shape young leaders in both developing and developed countries through talks, performances and the series of public recitations.” - Misako Kono

  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

    “My main mission as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador is to raise awareness and support for the Global Goals for a better future for all, which cannot be achieved without empowering women and protecting our planet.” - Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

  • The Roca brothers

    "The mandate of the new Sustainable Development Goals is clear. Creating prosperity means securing a food chain that is environmentally sustainable, socially just and economically inclusive.” - Josep Roca

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