Appointed UNDP Goodwill Ambassador in March 2019, Emmy-nominated television host, producer, award-winning author and one of TIME 100 most influential people Padma Lakshmi advocates for ending all forms of inequality around the world. Kicking off the Decade of Action by signing an open letter to world leaders demanding urgent action towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, Lakshmi continues to leverage her influential platform to mobilize support for the Global Goals.
Passionate about gender equality, Lakshmi authored an eye-opening op-Ed published on CNN on International Women’s Day to shine a spotlight on pervasive gender social norms and biases that hinder women and girls from achieving their potential. As the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate emergency devastated the world, Lakshmi launched UNDP’s #HalfTheWorld campaign to raise awareness of the alarming rate at which the biggest crises of our time are increasing inequalities globally—reaching an audience of 152 million.
Coinciding with the UN General Assembly and the Global COVID-19 Summit, Lakshmi spearheaded a women-led campaign called A Shot for All, to shine a spotlight on vaccine inequity between rich and poor countries. The UN Correspondents Association (UNCA) honored Lakshmi with the 2021 UNCA Advocate of the Year Award for her work on fighting inequality as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador.
Goodwill Ambassador in action
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Padma Lakshmi Wins 2021 Advocate of the Year Award by the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA)
Padma Lakshmi, David Oyelowo, Cody Simpson and Olafur Eliasson team up with UNDP to shine a spotlight on inequalities caused by climate change and COVID-19
Featuring other celebrity advocates, including Alexis Ren and Ronen Rubinstein, UNDP’s #HalfTheWorld campaign reminds us that if we don’t address the two biggest ...