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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

This is a list of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors and Advocates, who work on behalf of the United Nations Children's Fund.


History and purpose of the role

Danny Kaye was the first to hold the position, with the title of Ambassador-at-Large granted in 1954. Other celebrities have followed, acting as international, regional or national ambassadors, depending on their profile, interests, and desired level of responsibility. The goal of the program is to allow celebrities with a demonstrated interest in UNICEF issues to use their fame to draw attention to important issues. This may take the form of public appearances and talks, visits to troubled regions, which draw attention from the media, and use of their political access to advocate UNICEF causes.[1]

International ambassadors and advocates

In order of appointment:

Former ambassadors

In order of appointment:

Regional ambassadors

In order of appointment:

Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States

Latin America

Middle East and North Africa

Eastern and Southern Africa

Francophone Countries

East Asia and Pacific

Main article: UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office

National ambassadors

In order of appointment:

Afghanistan Afghanistan

Algeria Algeria

Andorra Andorra

  • Gerard Claret (November 2010)[45]
  • Albert Llovera (November 2010)[45]

Argentina Argentina

Armenia Armenia

  • Alla Levonyan (April 2007)[45]

Australia Australia

Austria Austria

Belarus Belarus

Belgium Belgium

Benin Benin

  • Zeynab (September 2007)[45]

Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brazil Brazil

Main article: UNICEF in Brazil

Bulgaria Bulgaria

Canada Canada

Chile Chile

China China

Colombia Colombia

Croatia Croatia

Cuba Cuba

  • La Colmenita (2007)[45]

Cyprus Cyprus

  • Nasos Ktorides (February 2012)[45]

Czech Republic Czech Republic

Democratic Republic of Congo Template:Country data DRC

Denmark Denmark

Dominican Republic Dominican Republic

  • Jatnna Tavarez (October 2010)[45]

Egypt Egypt

Estonia Estonia

Ethiopia Ethiopia

Finland Finland

France France

Gambia The Gambia

  • Jaliba Kuyateh (December 2006)[45]

Georgia Georgia (country)

Germany Germany

Ghana Ghana

Greece Greece

Hong Kong Hong Kong

Hungary Hungary

India India

Indonesia Indonesia

Main article: UNICEF Indonesia
  • Ferry Salim (2004)[45]

Iran Iran

  • Mahtab Keramati (August 2006)[45]
  • Mani Nouri (July 2013)[45]

Iraq Iraq

Ireland Republic of Ireland

Main article: UNICEF Ireland

Liam Neeson March 2011

Italy Italy

Jamaica Jamaica

  • Shelly-Ann Fraser (February 2010)[45]

Japan Japan

Kazakhstan Kazakhstan

  • Batyrkhan Shukenov (November 2009)[45]

Kenya Kenya

  • Effie Owour (1997)[45]

Kuwait Kuwait

  • Suad Abdullah (November 2002)[45]

Latvia Latvia

  • Maria Naumova (December 2005)[45]

Lithuania Lithuania

Luxembourg Luxembourg

Malaysia Malaysia

Mali Mali

Mexico Mexico

Mongolia Mongolia

Montenegro Montenegro

Morocco Morocco

Namibia Namibia

Netherlands Netherlands

New Zealand New Zealand

Nigeria Nigeria

Norway Norway

Pakistan Pakistan

Paraguay Paraguay

  • Menchi Barriocanal (July 2005)[45]

Peru Peru

Philippines Philippines

Main article: UNICEF Philippines
  • Kc Concepcion

Poland Poland

Portugal Portugal

  • Pedro Couceiro (April 1995)
  • Luís Figo (2003)
  • Mariza (October 2005)[45]
  • Bárbara Guimarães (2009)

Romania Romania

Russia Russia

Serbia Serbia

Slovakia Slovakia

  • Kamila Magalová (1995)[45]
  • Stanislav Štepka (2001)[45]
  • Martin Pyco Rausch (2011)[45]

Slovenia Slovenia

South Africa South Africa

South Korea South Korea

Spain Spain

Sweden Sweden

Switzerland Switzerland

  • Kurt Aeschbacher (October 2004)[45]

Thailand Thailand

Turkey Turkey

Ukraine Ukraine

United Kingdom United Kingdom

Main article: UNICEF UK

United States of America United States

Main article: U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Uruguay Uruguay

Venezuela Venezuela

Vietnam Vietnam

  • Vũ Nguyễn Hà Anh (August 2010)[45][55]

Zimbabwe Zimbabwe

See also


External links

  • UNICEF Goodwill ambassadors
  • Home page UNICEF
  • The UN's goodwill hunters, BBC News, 20 March 2000
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