Queen of Spain, Antonio Banderas award winner in anti-poverty competition

11 Sep 2010

Rebeca Grynspan and Antonio BanderasMadrid - Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Antonio Banderas joined Queen Sofia of Spain and Rebeca Grynspan, UNDP Associate Administrator, in presenting the Icelandic graphic designer Stefan Einarsson with the top prize for his submission to the “Unleash Your Creativity” competition, which recognised the most creative advertisement to raise awareness about the Millennium Development Goals and to pressure world leaders to live up to the promises they made in 2000.

Antonio Banderas reminded everyone that “many hands” are needed in the effort to eradicate extreme poverty and invited people to collaborate in any way they can, before stating that he is “very proud” to be associated with UNDP and the work they do on the ground. 

During the ceremony, Grynspan expressed her conviction that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) could be achieved and that the eradication of extreme poverty was indeed possible with the right policies and with international support.

“For those living in poverty, the MDGs have never been abstract or aspirational targets,” said Grynspan. “They are a pathway to a better life – a life with access to adequate food and income; to basic education and health services; to clean water and sanitation; and to empowerment for women.” 

Calling the strong commitment made by the Government and the people of Spain in the fight against poverty, a great example of solidarity at an international level, Rebeca Grynspan reminded participants that next week’s high level summit in New York is “a key opportunity to renew our commitment to the eradication of poverty and to the welfare of millions of people across the world deserving a better future.” 

The Spanish Secretary of State for Co-operation and Development, Soraya Rodríguez, closed the event by thanking Queen Sofía and the Crown for their commitment to cooperation, stating that progress has been made in fighting extreme poverty but that “there is still much to do” to ensure that 2015 will be not be a “year of failure but a year of achievements.”

See the "Unleash Your Creativity" competition website: http://www.wecanendpoverty.eu/index.html

Contact Information

Aziyadé Poltier-Mutal, Tel: + 41 22 917 83 68, aziyade.poltier@undp.org