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Game of Thrones star dedicates birthday to climate action

Jul 20, 2017

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, in New York, 2016; © UNDP/Freya Morales. Coster-Waldau’s wife Nukaaka and daughters Philippa and Safina pose for a selfie in Greenland, July 2017

Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to raise funds for the United Nations Development Programme’s efforts to protect the planet

New York – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has announced that all he wants for his birthday this year is a healthy planet. To celebrate his 47th birthday this month, the Danish actor and star of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones is asking his friends, family and fans to help him raise funds for UNDP, which works to protect the people and planet from the effects of climate change.

“Like most parents, I want my daughters to achieve their dreams in life,” said Coster-Waldau, father of two. “But we cannot create opportunities and brighter futures for our children without protecting the planet we live on.”  

That’s why this year, the actor is dedicating the month of his sun sign Leo—from July 23-August 22—to climate action. A lion is also the sigil of the House of Lannister, of which Coster-Waldau’s Game of Thrones character Jaime Lannister is a member. As fans of the popular series, which is broadcast in 170 countries, gear up to watch the second episode of the highly anticipated seventh season this Sunday, Coster-Waldau is taking the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the importance of a healthy planet.

“As I turn a year older on July 27, help me celebrate another great year on this beautiful planet of ours by making my birthday wish come true,” said Coster-Waldau, whose goal is to raise $17,000 to support UNDP. “Join me in supporting the United Nations Development Programme, which works to end poverty while fighting climate change.”

UNDP works in nearly 170 countries to implement the 17 Global Goals to end poverty and mitigate the effects of climate change through projects that promote renewable energy, preserve coastlines, combat deforestation and protect our planet for generations to come. The UN agency appointed Coster-Waldau as its Goodwill Ambassador last September to help mobilize support for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals—also known as Global Goals—with a particular focus on climate action and gender equality.

To learn more about Coster-Waldau’s birthday fundraiser, visit: give.undp.org/nikolaj

Contact Information: Ajla Grozdanic, UNDP, 212.906.6860, ajla.grozdanic@undp.org, @ajlamos.