Ozark Henry -

National Goodwill Ambassador against Human Trafficking

   

  

 

 

Please see below a non-exhaustive selection of events to raise awareness on the UNODC-managed Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking and the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking. 

 

27 November 2015 - PARAMOUNT in Antwerp  

Photo © UNODC Brussels Ozark Henry - together with the 90 musicians of the Belgium National Orchestra (NOB) - performed in front of more than 4000 people in Antwerp. " I sing for the fight against Human Trafficking " said the newly appointed National Goodwill Ambassador, and he informed his very enthusiastic public about his engagement to raise visibility and to support the Blue Heart Campaign and the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking. During his beautiful song 'Indian Summer', the singer went on walking through the concert hall distributing our Blue Hearts pins and encouraging his fans to visit the UNODC info stand. 

Video concert by UNRIC
Documentary about the making of Paramount, the symphonic album recorded with the NOB
De Morgen
FrontView Magasine 

 

9 November 2015 - Ozark Henry at Belgian TV talk show

Photo © Van Gils & GastenOzark Henry  was invited to a very popular talk show   "Van Gils & Guests"  to inform the public about his new role as UNODC's National Goodwill Ambassador. He talked about his motivation and genuine commitment to raise awareness on human trafficking.

" I believe that if everybody understands what human trafficking is, the battle is already half won ".

 

 

 

5 November 2015 - Concert and Ceremony hosted by the Flanders House in New York to celebrate the appointment of Ozark Henry as UNODC's National Goodwill Ambassador

Poster © Flanders House NYOzark Henry was invited by the Flanders House in New York to play a concert for the United Nations to raise awareness for the Blue Heart Campaign and the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking. The concert was preceded by a panel discussion with General Representative of the Government of Flanders to the U.S., Mr. Geert De Proost, the Permanent Representative of Belgium to the UN, Ms. Bénédicte Frankinet, the UNODC Representative in New York, Ms. Simone Monesebian and our artist Mr. Piet Goddaer. 

The video

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23 October 2015 - Ozark Henry at a Belgian campaign for a seat as a non-permanent member in the UN Security Council for 2019-2020

Photo © Belgian MOFAThe Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs  Mr. Didier Reynders  has launched, together with Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium, the Belgian campaign " Building consensus, Act for Peace" for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council for the period 2019- 2020. The campaign will last until the United Nations Security Council election in June 2018. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs invited UNODC's National Goodwill Ambassador and other Belgian UN Goodwill Ambassadors such as Axelle Red (UNICEF) to mark the event.

  

21 October 2015 - Ozark Henry appointed UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Belgium against human trafficking

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has appointed   Mr. Piet Goddaer (aka Ozark Henry) as its new National Goodwill Ambassador against human trafficking. The appointment of Mr. Piet Goddaer, a well-known Belgian performing artist, is aimed at increasing visibility and assisting in mobilizing support to tackle human trafficking in Belgium. The artist explained one of his reasons to work with UNODC on human trafficking: "Many victims of human trafficking are out there. We just don't see them or want to see them. From the kids being forced to beg on the streets to those being forced or coerced to be sex workers or work illegally in sweatshops. We live happily in our own little worlds, going on with our own daily business. I felt it was time to act and to try and do something about this and make a difference in raising awareness and supporting organizations working to combat this modern day form of slavery". Full  story.  

Photo © EESCThe ceremony, followed by a concert, took place at the  EESC. Speaking for Europe's civil society,  Mr. Georges Dassis, President of the EESC, declared: "10,000 victims of human trafficking reported every year in Europe: this modern day form of slavery is a scandal and a crime against civilised society. Ozark Henry's appointment as UN Goodwill Ambassador is a good news for Belgium and for Europe, as it will raise awareness and prompt many to action. I pledge that civil society organisations will stand by to support him, as  they are the best placed to help identify victims and work actively on prevention. You can count on us to be a key partner in the fight against human trafficking". Mr. Jean-Luc Lemahieu, UNODC Director of Public Affairs, welcomed Ozark Henry as the Office's first National Goodwill Ambassador for Belgium: " Mr. Piet Goddaer is a prominent Belgian artist who has demonstrated a strong commitment to help raise awareness about the crime of human trafficking. Ozark Henry through his rhythmic voice and melodic music is one of Belgian's most influential modern day story tellers who will help UNODC spread the word about this horrific crime that afflicts so many vulnerable victims. " On behalf of Belgium, Deputy Director General for Multilateral Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  Mr. Werner Bauwens praised the concrete work undertaken by UNODC in order to counter human trafficking. Belgium actively contributes to the international efforts and plays a leadership role through its groundbreaking integrated approach, ensuring permanent liaison between all relevant government agencies fighting human trafficking and supporting victims. Mr. Werner Bauwens welcomed the personal commitment of Mr. Piet Goddaer and stressed "the importance of his action as Goodwill Ambassador for Belgium. Awareness raising and concrete measures to tackle effectively human trafficking go hand in hand. The Belgian profile in the United Nations will be reinforced by this public campaign, which illustrates once more the deep attachment of Belgium to the protection of all those who are most vulnerable in our societies, locally and globally." 

 

Photo © EESCEarlier in the day, Mr. Werner Bauwens received Mr. Piet Goddaer and Mr. Jean-Luc Lemahieu, for a video conference with the Belgium Embassies around the world. Mr. Piet Goddaer stressed the importance of his new role as UNODC's National Goodwill Ambassador while Mr. Jean-Luc Lemahieu explained UNODC's work in the fight against human trafficking.