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Goodwill Ambassadors
and Advocates

Goodwill Ambassadors and Advocates

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.

Yemi Alade

"Climate change is not gender-neutral. Women in developing countries, such as my homeland Nigeria, are particularly vulnerable to climate change because they are highly dependent on local natural…  

Olafur Eliasson

“The best roadmap for our activities is the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. As an artist, I believe that culture offers access to and a felt understanding of the challenges at hand. I am…  

Padma Lakshmi

“My main mission as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador will be to shine a spotlight on the fact that inequality can affect people in rich and poor countries alike.”  

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…  

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…  

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  

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…  

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…  

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…  

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…  

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Connie Britton: Empower women to lead the way on climate change
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