Goodwill Ambassadors

The United Nations Development Programme, along with other UN agencies, has long enlisted the voluntary services and support of prominent figures as Goodwill Ambassadors and advocates to shine a spotlight on important issues affecting our planet and its people. These well-known individuals are at the top of their field—whether it's film, television, music, art or sports—with talents and achievements that have made them household names. They all share a commitment to making the planet a better place for all of us. Through their far-reaching platforms and influence among audiences that transcend national borders, our celebrity advocates raise awareness and mobilize support to help us fight climate change and realize the Global Goals for a future without poverty and inequality.

  • 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

  • Bob Weir

    “We all need to ensure we fight to make the planet a better one for the generations that follow us.” - Bob Weir

  • Cody Simpson, UNDP Ocean Advocate

    “The ocean is life - we depend on it for our air, food, and water.” - Cody Simpson, UNDP Ocean Advocate

  • 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

  • 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 Konno

  • 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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