UNODC Goodwill Ambassadors

UNODC has enlisted the help of prominent personalities from the worlds of art, music, film, sport and literature to highlight key issues and to draw attention to its activities in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime.

Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand - Goodwill Ambassador on the Rule of Law for Southeast Asia

HRH Princess Mahidol has been promoting efforts that improve the rule of law and provide for equitable justice for more than a decade. Personally interested in helping improve the lives of women caught in the justice system, she has initiated programmes to support women prisoners in Thailand, and promoted the development of international rules to improve the treatment of women prisoners. She has also contributed to the adoption of the "United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders" or the "Bangkok Rules" by the UN General Assembly, promoted alternatives to imprisonment and legal reforms, and established the Thailand Institute of Justice which has recently joined the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network.

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Nadia Murad (Activist) -  Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking

Ms. Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi woman, briefed the Security Council in its first-ever session on human trafficking in December 2015. She described being rounded up with fellow Yazidis in Iraq in 2014 and witnessing ISIL fighters shooting men and boys in cold blood. She was subject to grave abuses at the hands of ISIL fighters and was bought and sold various times.  As UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, Nadia's main goals is to focus on advocacy initiatives and to raise awareness around the plight of millions of victims of trafficking, especially refugees, women, and girls. 

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Ozark Henry (Recording Artist) -  National Goodwill Ambassador for Belgium against Human Trafficking

The appointment of Ozark Henry - a well-known Belgian performing artist - is aimed at increasing visibility and assisting in mobilizing support in the country to tackle human trafficking. Ozark Henry's role as National Goodwill Ambassador compliments and builds on his other past philanthropic projects and awareness campaigns such as with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and his 2013 work for a national awareness campaign against young people dying in traffic accidents through the song '21 grams short' which was produced.

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Coumba Gawlo (Recording Artist) - National Goodwill Ambassador in West and Central Africa against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants

Coumba Gawlo Seck, Senegalese singer and activist will help raise awareness and strengthen efforts to tackle trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants in the region. As UNODC Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Gawlo will educate leaders to promote protective legislation, and educate young people about the risks related to the smuggling of migrants, which can turn out to be lethal. 

 

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Radamel Falcao (Football Player) - Goodwill Ambassador for the fight against drugs

Radamel Falcao  is a role model of fair play, dedication, and humility not just in his native Colombia, but worldwide. Football is the most popular sport in the world, with billions of fans around the globe. As UNODC Goodwill Ambassador, Falcao will help in reaching the young and marginalized,  speaking out on drug prevention, visiting UNODC projects, and witnessing first-hand both the challenges and achievements in the fight against drugs and crime.

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Mira Sorvino (Actress) - Goodwill Ambassador for Global Fight against Human Trafficking (2009-2017)

Mira SorvinoMs. Sorvino supports UNODC in encouraging the ratification of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, through advocacy work and participation in global/regional events. She promotes and participates in information and prevention campaigns to educate the general public and/or target audiences on human trafficking and helps disseminate information to the public about UNODC's work. Ms. Sorvino also carries out field visits and participates in national campaigns on anti-human trafficking related issues, including meetings with trafficking victims in order to help share and disseminate their stories and needs.

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Nicolas Cage (Actor) - Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice (2010 - 2012)

Nicolas CageMr. Cage contributes to raising awareness, galvanizing and promoting global justice endeavors and combating organized crime, terrorism, and drug trafficking and addiction.  He promotes initiatives that contribute towards building a solid foundation for sustainable policy and action in fighting crime, drugs and terrorism. His work involves using Art to help combat various forms of crime, by raising awareness of these problems and raising support for victim assistance programmes.Mr. Cage's efforts focus on women and children.

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Ross Bleckner (Renowned Artist) -  Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking (2010-2012)

Ross BlecknerMr. Bleckner focuses on Art as an engine for anti-human trafficking and victim support initiatives. His work involves using Art to help combat forms of human trafficking, such as child soldiers and the abduction of girls; by raising awareness of the problem and raising funds for victim support programmes.

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Christopher Kennedy Lawford (Activist) - Goodwill Ambassador for Drug Dependence Treatment and Care (2011 - 2013)

Christopher Kennedy LawsonMr. Kennedy Lawford promotes a health-centred approach to drug dependence, with a focus on evidence-based drug dependence treatment and care.  Mr. Kennedy Lawford raises awareness  and funds for UNODC initiatives targeted toward these issues.

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Shahid Afridi (Pakistan Cricket Star) - Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Drug Use Among the Youth (2012-2013)

Shahid AfridiMr. Afridi will promote healthy living though sports and emphasize positive values and attitudes during visits to schools and colleges. In 2012, he will witness the impact of the work of UNODC in Pakistan and highlight the need to curb drug abuse and associated crime.

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